New Speaker Added to January WPHIMSS

Updated on January 11, 2013

The Western PA Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society recently added a speaker – Michael D. Parkinson, M.D., MPH, FACPM – to its expert panelist lineup for its January program. The Jan. 31 event, which is being co-hosted with UPMC’s Center for Connected Medicine, will focus on the use of business systems and emerging technology that can help address key trends and reshape care delivery across the healthcare value chain in the next decade.

Parkinson is the senior medical director who oversees employer health and productivity strategies with UPMC Health Plan WorkPartners. He is the past president of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the national medical specialty society of physicians trained in and committed to disease prevention, health promotion and systems-based approaches to improving health and health care.

He was also formerly executive vice president, chief health and medical officer of Lumenos, a pioneer of consumer-driven health plans and a subsidiary of Wellpoint. There, he developed and implemented an integrated and incentivized health improvement strategy employing evidence-based prevention, care management, account-based benefit designs, employer partnership and consumer engagement.

The event will be held from 2-6 p.m. (optional reception from 6-8 p.m.) at the Center for Connected Medicine in the USX Tower, Downtown Pittsburgh. It will also feature keynote speaker Greg Porter, founder of Allegheny Digital, adjunct faculty member at the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University and visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute. Registration is now open at For more information, contact Robert Sheesley, president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS, by email at [email protected] or by calling (412) 454-8901.


HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare professionals with educational conferences, networking opportunities and a forum for the exchange of ideas related to the use of health information systems and health information management.

About the Center for Connected Medicine

The Center for Connected Medicine is defining the transformation of health care by serving as a global thought leader. As the world’s first collaborative health care executive briefing center, it is committed to developing the blueprint for innovative patient-centered and population health models using strategically integrated health information technology. Established in 2009 and located in Pittsburgh, the Center for Connected Medicine is comprised of five founding partners – Alcatel Lucent, General Electric, IBM, UPMC and Verizon – and eight strategic partners representing various facets of the health information community. By creating connections among those who deliver, receive and support health care, the Center promotes cultural change, coordinated care delivery and greater patient engagement. To learn more about connected medicine, as well as the Center’s vision and initiatives, please visit

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