Bringing the World’s Largest Data Science Conference to Mid-Michigan

WiDS logoThe MHA hosted Women in Data Science (WiDS) Lansing on May 23, 2018. WiDS is a global initiative aimed to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, and WiDS Lansing focused on advancing data science to improve overall delivery of patient care.

Open to men and women in the data science field, this event gave participants the opportunity to hear the most up-to-date data science research from women leaders in Michigan and globally.

WiDS Lansing was one of the 150+ locations hosting WiDS events worldwide via livestream or delayed broadcast.


8 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Connecting Data Science with Policy and Practice: How Women in Data Science Can Lead the Way

Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center for Health Care Research and Transformation

9:45 - 10:20 a.m.
Stanford University Keynote Address
Attendees will screen one of the presentations from innovators speaking at the March 5 Global WiDS event.

10:20 - 10:35 a.m.
Morning Break

10:35 - 11:35 a.m.
HFHS Analytics Journey: A Path to Transformation
Julia Swanson, Vice President Performance Analytics and Improvement, Henry Ford Health System

11:35 - 12:35 p.m.

12:35 - 1:35 p.m.
Big Data and Analytics with Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan​

M. Iya Kahramanian, Interim Director Program Development and Analytics, and Niketa Walawalkar, Sr. Epidemiologist, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

1:35 - 2:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion on the Future of Healthcare Data Science

Laura Appel, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, MHA; Robyn Rontal, Policy Analytics Director for the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation; Helen Hill, Principal at The Kiran Consortium Group LLC and Board Director MiHIN

2:10 - 2:25 p.m.
Afternoon Break

2:25 - 3:25 p.m.
Measures that Matter: A Federal Perspective

Nancy Foster, Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety Policy, American Hospital Association

3:25 - 3:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks

WiDS Lansing aims to facilitate collaboration between Michigan hospitals so they can share best practices, innovative research and new data science applications. 

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Leading Michigan to Better Health

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