2017 Conference

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So much is changing and it is changing so quickly!

This year, we are faced with healthcare related challenges and uncertainties at both the state and federal levels. We have aligned topics that will peak your interest, including big data, analytics, technology, cybersecurity, HIPAA, and the policy landscape. Speakers will offer valuable content and insights, and your colleagues will provide their perspectives, networking, and camaraderie. A great opportunity to learn and share!  We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Register by April 5, 2017 and save $50!

  • $499 conference registration fee (by April 5, 2017)
  • $549 (after April 5, 2017)

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  • For registration related questions please contact Lorri Vanecek at 630.276.5440 or via email.
  • For all other questions please contact Ken Jay at 630.276.5716 or via email.


FLY:  Chicago is served by two airports; O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). 

  • Cabs are available from both airports (approx. $45 from O’Hare, $32 from Midway).
  • A train (the Blue Line) is available directly from O’Hare to downtown for $5:  Get off train at Washington and get on Red Line train.  Get off Red Line train at Chicago Avenue (4-5 block walk to hotel). 

TRAIN:Amtrak comes into Chicago’s Union Station (just about 2 miles from the hotel). Cabs are available from Union Station.

DRIVE:   Valet parking is available at the hotel at a rate of  $67/day . Self parking is available at multiple garages. 

PARKING: http://chicago.bestparking.com/neighborhoods/streeterville-parking


OMNI Chicago Hotel
676 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA

  • OMNI is an all-suite hotel, located in the heart of downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile, providing walkable access to world class shopping, dining, and entertainment. 
  • A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $239/night, single or double occupancy. 
  • Room block is available until 5pm CDT on March 23!  After 3/23, room  prices may change and are subject to availability.
  • Please make reservations at: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/chicago/meetings/iha-2017-a2irnet-annual-conference

Registered Attendees

Mariana Albert Lesher   Director, Data  AHA/HRET
Amy Andres   Senior Vice President, Quality and Data  Ohio Hospital Association
Matthew Angela   Senior Director, Marketing and Customer Relations  Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) 
Thaer Baroud    Vice President  Maryland Hospital Association 
Scott Bates   Senior Analyst  American Hospital Association
Mark Bell   VP Health Information Technology, CIO  North Carolina Hospital Association 
Jonathan Bennett  Senior Director, Decision Support & IT Services  Washington State Hospital Association 
Barry Burkart   Chief Financial Officer   Wyoming Hospital Association
Joseph Carr   CIO   New Jersey Hospital Association
Amy Chin   Senior Director, Health Economics & Outcomes Research  GNYHA
Martin Ciccocioppo  Vice President, Research  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania 
Brian Competente  Director of Operations  WHA Information Center
Kristine Cottom  CIO/VP, Information Services  Healthcare Association of New York State
Charisse Coulombe  Vice President, Clinical Quality  American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust
Anthony Dias   Vice President, Data Services  Connecticut Hospital Association 
Jean Doeringsfeld   Vice President   WHA Information Center
Gwen Duperron   Director of Health Information   New Hampshire Hospital Association
Mason Forando  Director of Data Informatics  Healthcare Association of New York State
Michael Gurriero  Senior Vice President  New Jersey Hospital Association
Sara Hayes   Vice President, Information Center  Iowa Hospital Association
Nora Hoban  Senior Vice President, Policy & Data Analytics  Maryland Hospital Association
Scott Horne   Manager of Health Policy & IT  UHA
Clisby Jackson  Senior Survey Tech  American Hospital Association
Ken Jay  Vice President, Informatics   Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Kristin Jenkins   President   Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation
Diane Jones   Senior Associate Director, Policy  American Hospital Association
Fatemeh Kiani   Director  HQI
Karen Kiner   Senior Director Operations  IHA
Seva Kumar   Director, Decision Support  Washington State Hospital Association
Gloria Kupferman  Chief Data Strategy Officer  American Hospital Association
Jim Lee  Vice President Data Policy  Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Steve Lesley   Director Data Services   MS Hospital Association
Alexandra Mannerings   Data Scientist  Colorado Hospital Association
Heidi Mannix  Director, Data Analysis and Reporting  Ohio Hospital Association
Fernando Martinez   Chief Digital Officer  Texas Hospital Association
Jonathan Mattes   Data Analyst   Apprise Health Insights
Bryant McNally   Vice President Technology Operations  Hospital Industry Data Institute/MHA
Theresa Mendoza   Director, Quality, BI & Data Services   DFWHC Foundation
Bryan Metzger   Senior VP - Information Services   Tennessee Hospital Association
Melanie Moch   Director  Kentucky Hospital Association
Aunyika Moonan   Executive Director, Data and Measurement   South Carolina Hospital Association
Hallie Morgan   Director, Data Analysis  West Virginia Hospital Association
Peter Nguyen  Lead Data Analyst  Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Ian Oommen   Data Analyst  VHHA
Helen Oscislawski   Principal & Managing Member  Attorneys @ Oscislawski LLC
Sally Othmer  Sr. Director Data and Quality  Kansas Hospital Association
Sanjay Prasad   Information Systems Manager   Apprise Health Insights
Kelly Price  Vice President & Chief of Healthcare Data Analytics  HANYS Solutions
David Rivers   Sr. Director, Health and Policy Information  Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Theresa Roark   Senior VP of Research, Data and Information Services  Hospital Industry Data Institute
Leslie Sainovich   Senior Director, Data Services   Georgia Hospital Association
Susan Sheffey  Senior Data Quality Analyst  American Hospital Association
Greg Shelton   Product Manager   DFWHC Foundation
Terry Sherb  CIO  California Hospital Association
Ismail Sirtalan   Vice President, Health Economics & Outcomes Research  GNYHA
Mark Sonneborn  VP, Health Information & Analytics  Minnesota Hospital Association
John Steckler  Vice President  ShareCor/ Louisiana Hospital Association
Zeynap Sumer King  Vice President, Regulatory and Professional Affairs  Greater New York Hospital Associatiom
Kathy Trytten   Senior Director, Information and Quality Management  Iowa Hospital Association
Bernie Ulrich  Vice President Data Services  Indiana Hospital Association
Christopher Vaz   Director, Health Analytics and Policy  American Hospital Association
Cindy Vossler  Director of Health Data  Nebraska Hospital Association
Bill Wylie   Senior Vice President Business Operations   Georgia Hospital Association
Roberta Yager  Information Services Director   Montana Hospital Association
Justin Ziombra   Senior Analyst  Maryland Hospital Association

Event Agenda

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Great opportunities await at the 2017 A2IRNet Conference!