Continuing and expanding our Unification efforts

January 13, 2017

Our Unity Work Continues …


Over the past year, we’ve worked together to combine the best aspects of two great teams to create Health Information Technology & Services (HITS). Under the “Unity” banner, we developed a new organization structure, chose a new senior leadership team, agreed on a shared mission, vision, and values, selected and announced a new name for our organization, and began to realign and re-envision the work of many teams and individuals. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but our work is not yet complete. That’s why I'm pleased to announce the next phase of our transformation – “Unity 2.0."

Unity 2.0

Unity 2.0 includes more than two dozen initiatives which, taken together, will build upon the success of our previous unification efforts ­– by continuing to improve existing operations, developing new organizational capabilities, and positioning us to take advantage of new opportunities. This project is expected to run through June, 2017, after which we expect to incorporate most of these activities into our normal operations.

Unity 2.0 initiatives will focus on the following areas:

  • Communications and Change Management
  • Finance and Administration
  • Human Resources
  • IT Collaborations
  • Organizational Development
  • Organizational Structure
  • Portfolio Management
  • Service Delivery

To help you become more familiar, I invite you to review this PowerPoint document. In addition to the Unity 2.0 project charter and timeline, it includes information about leadership, timeframe, proposed deliverables, and transition to standard operations for each initiative. Since some of these initiatives are related to topics that have been raised as areas of concern by HITS team members (through the Employee Engagement and/or HITS Pulse surveys), we have also included a section called “Tie to Employee Surveys,” to indicate these connections.

We Need Your Help

While many other important HITS projects and initiatives are either planned or already underway – Unity 2.0 represents a substantial investment of time and effort, and its outcomes are likely to have a major impact on our new organization and the way we operate for many years to come. That’s why we feel it is important to incorporate perspectives from a cross-section of HITS team members as we develop and implement these initiatives.

Therefore, we are seeking volunteers to serve on a new Unity 2.0 Advisory Committee, including members that represent all of our HITS divisions, occupy different job roles, and work in diverse locations across our institution. Each advisory group member will be expected to spend approximately two hours each month (and possibly some additional time in meetings) helping to foster two-way communication related to our defined set of Unity 2.0 initiatives. This might include providing your own ideas and opinions, sharing feedback you receive from colleagues, and helping to “spread the word” about Unity 2.0 by agreeing to provide updates to team members across the organization.

If you are interested in being considered, please send an e-mail to Liz Lind indicating your name, job title, team affiliation(s), supervisor, the location(s) where you typically work, and why you would like to participate.

Thank you and stay tuned!

We have already made remarkable progress, and I’m excited by the prospect of making even bigger strides in 2017. I encourage you to stay tuned for additional updates about Unity 2.0, along with other important developments. Meanwhile, I want you to know how much I genuinely appreciate your hard work, determination, professionalism, and patience as we continue working together to make our organization even stronger, and better.


Andrew Rosenberg, M.D.
CIO-interim, Michigan Medicine