New Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences Center in Midtown Announces Inaugural Health Care Symposium


The Wayne State University College of Engineering in Detroit has announced it will host its inaugural Health Informatics and Systems Engineering Symposium on Thursday, March 2 at the new Integrative Biosciences Center, located at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Amsterdam Street, one block from TechTown Detroit.

The event will bring together leaders and experts in information science and health care to explore the resources, devices, and methods necessary to acquire, store, retrieve, and utilize information in health and medicine. Attendees will learn more about how Wayne State’s faculty members are using health informatics and systems engineering to foster efficiency, safety, and quality in health care education, systems management, and medical research.

The symposium will feature two keynote speakers, including Alfred Hero, co-director of the Michigan Institute of Data Science at the University of Michigan, who specializes in data integration in clinical medicine for predictive and personalized health applications. Also featured will be Lucy Young, director of Corporate Management Services at Henry Ford Health System, who will share outcomes from several projects related to quality improvement, cost reduction, and information systems implementation she has led during her three decades in the health care industry.

Kai Yang, a University professor of industrial systems and engineering, is one of several faculty members who will be presenting at various breakout sessions throughout the symposium. Yang is the director of the Healthcare System Engineering Group at WSU, which has been awarded more than $6.2 million for its research projects since 2009.

“Health care informatics and health care systems engineering are emerging areas, and here at Wayne State University we have great talents in both,” says Yang. “I hope this symposium can make our faculty and researchers excited to collaborate internally and through outreach to explore the great opportunities in research and education.”

The Integrative Biosciences Center included new construction and the conversion of the former Dalgleish Cadillac dealership along Cass Avenue.

Registration for the symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include the morning keynote and breakout sessions, lunch, and a panel discussion. There is no cost for the event, but space is limited, so reservations can be made here.

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