Southwest Michigan Physician IT Summit

Southwest Michigan Physician IT Summit 

Preparing Your Practice for EMR Adoption

on Thursday, Oct. 22, from

                7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, in

                 Kalamazoo, Michigan


ChangeScape in conjunction with the Michigan Health Information Network Resource Center will hold the first Southwest Michigan Physician IT Summit-Preparing Your Practice for EMR Adoption on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, in Kalamazoo.  ChangeScape is the 2008-2010 grant recipient of the Southwest Michigan Health Information Exchange. 


The Summit is an opportunity for physicians, practice managers and physician office staff members to learn about strategies for successful electronic health record (EHR) adoption, implementing EHRs in physician practices, and optimizing existing EHR systems. Attendees will share lessons learned from physician practice-based IT projects, learn about the benefits of health information exchanges (HIEs), and efforts at the regional, state and federal levels to stimulate the use of EHRs.


Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 22, 2009
7:30 - Registration Opens
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Exhibits
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.- Welcoming Remarks
     Mindy Richards, President and CEO, ChangeScape Inc.
8:45  - 9:45 a.m.  General Session:
Michigan's Plans to Stimulate the Use of Electronic Health Records
Beth Nagel Health Information Technology Manager, Michigan Department of Community Health
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Keynote Session:
The National Health  IT Picture and Meaningful Use Expectations
Micky Tripathi PhD, MPP, President and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and MAeHC Professional Services Corporation. Member of the board of directors of MA-SHARE, a community utility service for state-wide clinical data exchange in Massachusetts.

10:45  - 11:15 a.m. - Break & Exhibits
11:15 - Noon
Michigan's Statewide HIT Initiatives
John Hazewinkel, MPA, JD Institute for Health Care Studies Michigan State University
Physician Survey Results
Larry Hamilton,  MSBA, CPHIE,ChangeScape Inc.
Noon - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & Exhibits

1 - 2:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
EHR Preparation Track:  

20 Questions You Should Ask When Selecting your EHR Solution.
Larry Hamilton, MSBA, CPHIE,ChangeScape Inc.
Elise Ames, HIS Consultant, H.I.S. Professionals LLC

EHR Optimization Track:
Be a Dot! 
Emil Gallay, CIO Lakeland Hospital and JC Hearn, CIO Southwest Medical Clinics.
HIE's around the country are focusing on connecting the dots.  In order for this to happen, there need to be dots to connect.  This session will look at one community's efforts to "be a dot."   Presented by the CIO of a regional health system and the IS director of a large physician practice. Gallay and Hearn will tell the story of how they are collaborating to share information in meaningful ways to improve healthcare in their county, from hard copy push, to drop box, to interfaces, to a community EHR.

Legal Information Track:

Software Vendor Selection Process and Contract Negotiation Tips
Margaret Marchak, Shareholder Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PLLC
Anne J. Fletcher is a Managing Counsel Oracle USA, Inc.
Marchak and Fletcher will discuss several topics involved in selecting a vendor and negotiating contracts which include:

  Choosing the right vendor
  Model of delivery:  Host yourself or ASP 
  Grant of license--Addressing your use 
  Implementation and acceptance---Off the shelf vs. detailed 
  Installations and business rules fees 
  Warranties to protect your interests 
  Allocation of risk and liability--Who is responsible for what?
  Regulatory provisions-How they impact these relationships 
  PHI and sensitive data: Protection, data breach and offshoring 

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Break & Exhibits
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
EHR Preparation Track:  
Electronic Prescribing
Blake Green, MBA  Practice Administrator - Michigan Glaucoma Specialists and
Business Analysis, ChangeScape Inc.

EHR Optimization Track:  
Integrating EHR into your practice to Minimize Adoption Barriers
Kalamazoo Center Medical Studies 
Legal Information Track: 
Donating EHR Systems for Non-Employed Physicians
Gregory W.Moore  co-chairs Clark Hill's
Healthcare Practice Group and is also a member of the
Labor & Employment Practice Group                              
Despite changes in federal regulations which now permit hospitals to subsidize physicians with the purchase of electronic medical record systems at a tune of up to 85 percent of start-up and ongoing costs without running up against federal fraud and abuse provisions, hospitals have been slow to offer assistance to physicians desiring to adopt EMRs.  Mr. Moore will focus his presentation on the types of assistance which can and cannot be provided by hospitals. He will discuss the types of programs being offered by hospitals throughout the United States and focus on EMR strategies to pursue with hospitals while steering clear of federal fraud and abuse concerns.
3:30 p.m. - Conference ends - Exhibits 

Continuing Medical Education Credits Available

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the sponsorship of The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. MSU is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MSU designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

By the end of this conference, participants will:

  • Have greater knowledge of the technical and financial assistance available for EHR implementation.
  • Be able to more effectively plan and prepare for EHR adoption.
  • Be able to more fully use the features of an EHR in a physician practice.


Lodging Information 
Radisson HotelLodging is available at the Radisson Plaza Hotel for the night of Oct. 21 at the discounted rate of $139 per night plus tax for either a single or double room. To reserve a room, call the hotel at (269) 343-3333 and be sure to ask for the Southwest Michigan Health Information Exchange group rate.



Registration fee includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch.


Register now:

Pay by credit card: $49.00


For more information, contact Beckie Bower at /248-644-7363 or





Name Sales End Price
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