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    November 3-4, 2022, Fetzer Center, ICHITA and IT Forum Joint Conference

Digital Transformation of Healthcare and Finance:

The Role of Blockchain, Fintech and AI

The conference brings together business leaders, academics, administrators and students from across the globe to exchange ideas and discuss challenges and opportunities—including the latest business, technology and healthcare trends. You are invited to attend the 2022 joint conference that focuses on recent advances in health IT and financial technology (fintech), both of which will substantially impact businesses and society.

Cover of American journal of businessThe Joint ICHITA and IT Forum conference, hosted by the Department of Business Information Systems at the Haworth College of Business, provides a setting for educators, students, professionals, employers and state and local governments to interact and exchange ideas about technology-related topics. It is designed to be a bridge between academia and practicing professionals. You are cordially invited to join us for this conference exploring the potential of Blockchain, fintech and artificial intelligence.

  • Thursday, November 3: Pre-conference gathering
  • Keynote speakers.
  • Plenary sessions.
  • Career connect and networking, coordinated with the Zhang Career Center
  • Event project management and agile development workshop
  • Business analytics case competition
  • Cryptocurrency student panel discussion
  • Industry and academic speakers
  • Business Information Systems 40th anniversary celebration
  • Best research awards
  • Best practices, case analyses and research findings.
  • Opportunities for selected papers to be published in the special issue of the American Journal of Business.

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  • Healthcare analytics and big data 
  • Pandemic planning and management 
  • Smart health and well-being technology
  • Augmented reality in healthcare
  • Community EMR interoperability
  • Health information exchange and interoperability
  • Telehealth and telemedicine solutions 
  • Privacy and security issues in healthcare 
  • Wearable devices: design, adoption and outcomes
  • Big data, blockchain and fintech 
  • Regulatory challenges in fintech
  • Value creation in the blockchain economy
  • Internet of things   
  • The business value of blockchain 
  • Cryptocurrency 
  • Prediction markets 
  • Digital payment solutions 
  • Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing
  • High-frequency algorithmic trading


Register early to take advantage of discounts. Early bird rates end October 10.

  • Regular Registration  (Academia / Industry)—$199; $249 after Oct. 10.
  • Non-WMU Student Registration—$99; $149 after Oct. 10.
  • Registration (Online Research Presentation*)—$99
  • Student Registration (Online Research Presentation*)—$49
  • WMU faculty, staff and students—Registration fee waived.

*For articles accepted for presentation at the conference for which authors could not visit in person due to global events. Selected articles will be included in the conference transaction and will be available online.

Speakers and moderators

  • Kenyon Arens

    Kenyon Arens

    Group vice president of Cloud Native at Oracle

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  • Sunday Bonifast

    Sunday Bonifas

    Faculty specialist at Western Michigan University

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  • Meghan Cole

    Meghan Cole

    Vice president for analytics and program management at Bronson Healthcare Group

    Cole's bio

  • Richard Hook

    Richard Hook

    Executive vice president and CIO at Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

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  • David Hummelberg

    David Hummelberg

    Retired financial services and information technology executive, public speaker and philanthropist

    Hummelberg's Bio

  • Javed Husain

    Javed Husain

    Co-founder of Streamline Healthcare Solutions

    Husain's Bio

  • Todd Mora

    Todd Mora

    Program director at WMU's Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness

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  • Peter Pearce

    Peter J. Pearce

    Principal at Baker Tilly

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  • David Polidori

    David Polidori

    Senior vice president of engineering at Rocket Mortgage

    Polidori's Bio

  • Ray Ribble

    Ray Ribble

    CEO and founder of SPHER, Inc.

    Ribble's Bio

  • Paul Vitantonio

    Manager of information technology at Bronson Healthcare Group

    Vitantonio's bio

  • Sima Yazdani

    Sima Yazdani

    Senior manager of data and analytics, knowledge discovery at Cisco

    Read more on LinkedIn

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 3

2 to 5 p.m.—Welcome , Workshops and Student Competitions

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—Career Connect with Keynote Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

7:30 to 8 p.m.—Reception in Fetzer Center lobby

Friday, November 4

7:15 to 7:55 a.m.—Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 to 8:25 a.m.—Welcome Messages by WMU President and WMU Haworth Dean

8:30 to 10:10 a.m.—Keynote Presentations, Kirsch Auditorium

10:10 to 10:30 a.m.—Coffee Networking Break

10:30 to 11:55 a.m.—Concurrent Presentations and Workshops

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Conference Luncheon and Special Presentation, Banquet Room (1035), 40th Anniversary Announcements

1:30 to 2:20 p.m.—Special Presentations

2:30 to 3:20 p.m.—Keynote Presentation, Kirsch Auditorium

3:20 to 3:40 p.m.—Coffee Break and Networking

3:40 to 4:30 p.m.—Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation of Healthcare and Finance: The Role of Blockchain, Fintech and AI

4:30 to 5 p.m.—Closing Remarks and Raffle, Kirsch Auditorium

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