The Westin Southfield

1500 Town Center

Southfield, MI 48075



8:00 – 8:30

Registration / Networking / Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Opening Remarks from GLHC Executive Director Doug Dietzman

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Opening Keynote: An Interprofessional Approach to Coordinating Care with Technology

Presenter: Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Michelle Troseth

Michelle’s presentation will provide an inspirational vision for excellent evidence-based care that is both standardized and individualized across communities.  Her real life stories will demonstrate why technology must be intentionally designed to provide the best care possible.  Michelle’s passion for her home state of Michigan, along with over 25 years of national experience, will stimulate new ways of thinking for achieving connected community impact.

Michelle is the President for the National Academies of Practice (NAP) representing 14 interprofessional academies. NAP’s mission is to promote excellence in practice of healthcare professionals and quality healthcare for all through interprofessional collaboration in service delivery, research, education and public policy advocacy.

Most recently Michelle served 15 years as the Chief Professional Practice Officer for the CPM Resource Center (CPMRC) and Elsevier. In her leadership role she contributed toward the strategy and delivery of applied evidence-based practice as well as partnership and technology infrastructures to support patient-centered care and interprofessional integration at the point of care across hundreds of healthcare settings.

Michelle is the recent co-chair of the HIMSS TIGER Committee (which stands for: Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform); she served as the TIGER Summit Program Chair, and co-led a national collaborative on Usability and Clinical Application Design. She is also immediate-past Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Informatics & Technology Expert Panel. Michelle was the winner of the 2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award. She recently was a co-investigator of two national landmark nursing studies on the perception of Chief Nurse Executives and Nursing Professional Development Practitioners on Evidence-Based Practice and U.S. Healthcare Outcomes.

Michelle is a frequently invited speaker and has authored several papers, articles and book chapters on professional practice, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice, informatics, patient engagement, and cultural transformation. Michelle resides in West Michigan.

Twitter – @michelletroseth

9:30 – 10:15 am

Panel Discussion: Health Policy Update and the Impact of Advocacy

An hour discussion about past, present, and future legislative action in areas affecting the healthcare industry and population health. Panelists will also cover the most effective ways that healthcare organizations can advocate for issues that affect them.

Panel Member:

  • State Representative Kevin Hertel – Hertel represents the 18th House District, which is comprised of the communities of Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores and part of the village of Grosse Pointe Shores. He is a member of the Health Policy committee and has worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a legislative analyst and then as a special assistant in the office of the president.
  • State Representative Jim Tedder – Tedder serves as the chair of the Tax Policy Committee as well as the vice chair of the Health Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Energy Policy and Communications and Technology committees. Tedder serves 3rd District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. The 43rd District encompasses part of Oakland County including part of Waterford Township, the city of Lake Angelus, the village of Clarkston city and Independence Township.

Moderator: Doug Dietzman, GLHC Executive Director

10:15 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 11:15 am

Community Level Set

Facilitated by Mary Graham, GLHC Manager, Community Engagement

This interactive presentation will explore who we are as healthcare community, where we are in the journey toward becoming a “care-connected” community, and what opportunities exist to help us achieve that goal. Audience participation highly encouraged!

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

MACRA Actions that Accelerate the Move to Value-based Healthcare

Presenter: Kelly Whittle, Founder & CEO at Whittle Advisors, LLC

Kelly Whittle

Kelly is a passionate strategist and expert in change leadership. As the founder of Whittle Advisors, she shares client successes through international speaking engagements and publications. Her experience includes expertise in strategy, change leadership, and solution implementation for hospitals, physician practices and specialty groups. With 20 years of leadership experience, she specializes in developing business strategies based on data-driven evidence. Her clients have been recognized nationally for outstanding transition achievements. She is a founder of the International Society of Digital Medicine, which is focused on international collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes through the use of technology

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Lunch – Gluten free and vegetarian options available!

12:45 – 1:30 pm

Breakout Session 1:

We are Switzerland – Building Blocks for a free-standing, non-profit Advance Care Planning program – Carol Robinson from Making Choices Michigan

Too often, the discussion about “what matters at the end” isn’t addressed until there is a healthcare crisis. Through partnerships with local healthcare systems, senior organizations, law practices, and faith groups, Making Choices Michigan is helping create a community culture where it is acceptable to talk about health care choices, including end of life, and to respect and honor those choices. This session describes an innovative, community-based, non-profit program that proactively helps adults (18+) talk about their wishes, document their preferences for care in an Advance Directive (AD), and discuss/implement options for improved AD storage and retrieval at the time of need.

Carol Robinson has had extensive experience with patient/family communication relative to quality of life and treatment preferences. Her scholarly work has focused on communication skills for health professionals including advance care planning conversations. Dr. Robinson is a certified Instructor for ELNEC® and Respecting Choices® First Steps.

Lessons Learned from Implementing the GLHC Community Health Record (VIPR) in a Large Organization – Steve Spieker, Manager of Solution Support and Joe Pintar, Implementation Consultant at GLHC

The benefits of contributing information to and also accessing the GLHC Community Health Record – called the Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR) – are numerous. Michigan healthcare organizations across the state have realized this value and are enhancing patient care and reducing costs. Representatives from three large health systems will discuss their journey – both successes and lessons learned – towards full implementation of VIPR. These real-world examples will demonstrate the diversity and flexibility of GLHC’s Community Health Record.

  • Nancy Hartley, RN/BSN, Clinical Informatics Transformation Leader at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Livingston)
    • Hartley has been with St. Joseph Mercy Health System for 30 years working in a variety of roles including registered nurse in the Medical ICU, Adult and Pediatric ED, and as part of the helicopter transport team.  For the past 15 years she has focused on work relating to process, electronic medical record integration, data sharing, and project management.  She am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and hold dual degrees in Economics and Nursing. She is actively involved in local and national HIMSS work groups.
  • Jeff Chin, Administrative Manager of Health Information Exchange and Interoperability at Michigan Medicine
    • Chin coordinates the strategic implementation of health information exchange activities at the health system including, but not limited to, Great Lakes Health Connect, Epic Care Everywhere, Michigan Health Information Network and Epic Care Link.   During his time at Michigan Medicine, he has helped to implement the full suite of health information exchange products. He has a double major from the University of Michigan in economics and music and a Masters in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  • Patrick Klima, HIE Sr. Analyst at Ascension Health

Learning Lab – Demonstration of the GLHC Referral Application: What’s available now and what’s coming next! – Carrie Strom, Implementation Consultant at GLHC

The GLHC Referral Application spans the state, connecting healthcare offices and community organizations. This session is a demonstration of the current tool and will highlight the enhancements GLHC plans to make within the coming six months. The demonstration will cover user and admin basics, as well as explain how the tool can positively enhances care coordination, workflow, and patient care. The GLHC Referral Application assists in meeting Patient Centered Medical Home and Meaningful Use criteria.

Carrie has a passion for building bridges between healthcare providers to help them care for patients as efficiently and effectively as possible. She also enjoys many different styles of music and loves to attend concerts. One of her greatest joys is teaching music to kids, she has worked with over 300 children in the past 20 years. Carrie’s covers the following counties:Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren

*More information coming soon!

1:30 – 1:45 pm


1:45 – 2:30 pm

Breakout Session 2:

Past the Point-of-Care: Novel Use of the HIE for Specimen Procurement – Christopher Ianelli, MD, PhD, Founder & CEO at iSpecimen

Great Lakes Health Connect, in collaboration with iSpecimen, is part of a novel program leveraging the HIE past the point-of-care, allowing member hospitals and labs to contribute to medical research as well as their bottom line. Medical researchers today are in great need of human biospecimens but face a dearth in supply of the specimens they need from the patients they want. Because the HIE is a centralized aggregator of patient data, this data can be de-identified and searched to identify member institutions with  access to the patients and specimens in demand. Hospitals and labs that choose to participate gain an opportunity to support medical discovery while earning new, recurring revenue. The HIE itself enhances sustainability and maintains relevance past the point-of-care. Ultimately, healthcare improves for all.

Chris conceptualized and founded iSpecimen to address the growing need for human biospecimens by the life science research communities. He is responsible for the company’s growth and performance since its inception and actively oversees the corporate direction and many of the new strategic partnerships. Chris has successfully managed iSpecimen technology development and its expansion into additional partner supply sites.

Prior to launching iSpecimen, Chris served as Managing Director at Leerink Swann, a leading healthcare and life science investment bank, where he managed the expansion and delivery of services and directed strategy to develop new healthcare data and information assets for the firm. Chris was also a co-founder of Health Insight Technologies (now Humedica), a novel healthcare informatics company. Prior to this, Chris was a co-founder and Managing Director of Boston Medical & Scientific Advisors (BMSA), a healthcare investment research firm acquired by Leerink Swann. He received both his PhD in Immunology and his MD from Tufts University and completed his residency training, including one year as Chief Resident, in Pathology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Telemedicine: A Tool for Interconnectivity – Haley Kamp, Program Manager at Answer Health on Demand

Haley Kamp is the program manager for Answer Health. She has many years of experience in healthcare with both large health systems and smaller startup teams. Haley has experience in telemedicine, operations, and physician practices, with a passion for working with people and developing relationships. Haley is a graduate of Michigan State University and is an avid Spartan fan.

Learning Lab – Demonstration of the GLHC Community Health Record – the Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR)

The GLHC Community Health Record, known as VIPR, short for Virtual Integrated Patient Record, contains unique patient information from contributing health care organizations across the state.  This tool is an asset to a variety of types of healthcare organizations and departments. This session will explain how to search for patients and how to find pertinent clinical information. General implementation will also be covered, as well as the list of contributing organizations.


*More information coming soon!

2:30-3:30 pm

Closing Keynote: Personal and Professional Views of the Current State of Healthcare Delivery and Reform

Presenter: Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley

As the youngest lieutenant governor in the country, Brian Calley has played an integral role in Michigan’s comeback. Continually referenced for redefining the role of lieutenant governor in Michigan, Calley is a forward looking leader intent on building the best state for everybody. He is a tireless inclusion advocate, focused on ensuring all Michiganders have the opportunity to live more independent and self-determined lives. He has led many state initiatives working to address important issues including addiction, mental wellness, special education reform and child lead poisoning. He also advocates for greater inclusion in the workplace, encouraging businesses and state government to hire Michiganders with disabilities.

Prior to being elected to the office of lieutenant governor, Calley served in the Michigan House of Representatives, as an Ionia County commissioner and worked for more than a decade in community banking. He holds degrees from Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University and Harvard University.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was scheduled for the Closing Keynote at the 2017 Metro Detroit Summit. Unfortunately, due to a last minute scheduling change he was unable to attend. He recorded this message to summarize his thoughts on health information technology and its importance to the health of Michigan citizens.


3:30 pm

Closing Comments from Doug Dietzman, GLHC Executive Director

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