Health care systems experts to gather for inaugural symposium at Wayne State University

ibioContinuing its long-standing commitment to research and education in health care, the Wayne State University College of Engineering will host its inaugural Health Informatics and Systems Engineering Symposium on Thursday, March 2, at the new Integrative Biosciences Center on the north end of campus.

This 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 use information in health and medicine.

Attendees will learn more about how Wayne State University’s internationally renowned faculty members are using health informatics and systems engineering to bolster effectiveness, efficiency, safety and quality in health care education, systems management, and medical research.

The symposium will feature a pair of keynote speakers: Alfred Hero, co-director of the Michigan Institute of Data Science at the University of Michigan, is an award-winning professor and researcher specializing in data integration in clinical medicine for predictive and personalized health applications; and Lucy Young, director of Corporate Management Services at Henry Ford Health System, will share outcomes from several projects related to quality improvement, cost reduction and information systems implementation she has led over her three decades in the health care industry.

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

”Health care informatics and health care systems engineering are emerging areas, and here at Wayne State University we have great talents in both,” said 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 Health Informatics and Systems Engineering Symposium will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will include lunch following the morning keynote and breakout sessions. The afternoon activities will lead into a panel discussion before the event closes at 4:30 p.m.

The event is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot at or visit the symposium website for more information.

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