AIAG Conferences Tackle Multi-Billion Dollar Interoperability and High Healthcare Costs

DETROIT – The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is hosting its first-ever Enterprise Interoperability Showcase conference on Nov. 15, 2006, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Mich., to tackle the multi-billion dollar challenge created by proprietary IT investments over time that no longer support today’s business process needs— ranging from the shop floor and across the global enterprise, to trading partners and from dealer to supplier.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) estimates that the automotive industry wastes $5 billion annually due to the lack of interoperability, and has provided similar data for other industries. The lack of end-to-end visibility of data when needed impacts decision-making and creates waste at all levels.

AIAG’s conference will present perspectives from industry leaders on successfully integrating the global extended enterprise, as well as feature presentations and demonstrations covering specific industry scenarios in the areas of engineering, quality, material replenishment, warranty and manufacturing. Fred Killeen, chief systems and technology officer, General Motors Corp., will deliver the event’s keynote address and other key speakers include:

• Karla Norsworthy, vice president software standards, IBM Corp. – What Interoperability Means to Users • Dr. Steve Ray, division chief, integrated manufacturing systems, NIST – Virtual Supply Chain • Mark Schenecker, board member, European Enterprise Interoperability Centre, Brussels; director, industry standards, SAP – Enterprise Interoperability Centre (EIC) • Dr. Christine Legner, Universitat St. Gallen, Switzerland – Interoperable Data Exchange – Interoperable B2B Collaboration (BMW-Magna Steyr) • Pat Snack, AIAG executive loan from GM – AIAG Community Approach to Interoperability Standards

An exhibit area will showcase solution providers who have or are developing applications to support interoperability and a networking reception will conclude the event.

Individuals may register for AIAG’s Enterprise Interoperability Showcase by visiting or calling AIAG customer service at (248) 358-3003. Details on the agenda and speakers are available at

On Dec. 1, 2006, at Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Mich., AIAG’s Health Focus Group will host a distinguished medical faculty including Ronald M. Davis, president-elect, American Medical Association (AMA), as well as leaders from automotive companies and other health care provider organization’s who have developed best practice solutions at the second annual health event—AIAG AutoMed 2006: Bringing Quality and Value to Health. Presentations focus on actionable and powerful steps attendees can take to improve quality and value in their own workplaces and practices.

The dynamic agenda delves into what is currently being done on health related projects and how AIAG is working to build up and maintain eective, user-friendly channels of communication within the industry and develop real solutions to the true issues that continue to drive health care costs upward. Presentations and discussions focus on achieving real value and sustainable quality in health. Sessions will explore:

• Quality in Health Care – Programs that have a proven ROI
• Getting in Right in Corporate Health – Case studies of successful endeavors that
can be implemented in any organization
• New Horizons in Health – Upcoming initiatives for improving quality and value
in health

By improving the health wellness and the overall health status, related health costs can signicantly be reduced and quality improved. Stakeholder collaboration is critical to achieving this change. Get involved with AIAG, health organizations, physicians, pharmaceuticals, employers and employees as we continue to work together to reduce waste in the system, improve health wellness and ultimately make health care more aordable and accountable.

Tentative Conference Agenda

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Speaker: J. Scot Sharland, executive director, AIAG
Setting the Stage

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. AIAG Health Focus Group Update: What We Have Done for You Lately
Speakers: Dr. Joe Fortuna, Delphi Corp.
Jim Patterson, ArvinMeritor, Inc.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. e MSMS Future of Medicine Initiative: A Progress Report
Speaker: Dr. Alan Mindlin, Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS)

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote
Physicians and Employers: Partnering for Success
Speaker: Dr. Ronald M. Davis, American Medical Association President-Elect

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
Quality in Health Care

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. e New IWA Health QMS Primer: Son of IWA-1
Speaker: Mickey Christensen, TQM Systems

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. e ROI of ISO 9001 at the Detroit Medical Center: It Works
Speaker: Dr. Tammy Lundstrom, Detroit Medical Center

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Integrated Health Care at Toyota
Speaker: Dr. Ford Brewer, Toyota Motor Manufacturing N.A., Inc.

11:30 a.m. – Noon Q & A
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Presentation
Speaker: TBA

Getting it Right in Corporate Health

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. e Value-Based Initiative in Health: Pitney Bowes – Designing for Success
Speaker: David Hom, Pitney Bowes

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Aligning the Corporate Incentives for Health – PPG: A Successful Case Study
Speakers: Tom Welsh, PPG Industries, Inc.
Dr. Alberto Columbi, PPG Industries, Inc.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Diabetes in the Salaried Population of DaimlerChrysler AG: Wellness Pays
Speaker: Cyndy Parker, DaimlerChrysler AG

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Q & A
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
New Horizons in Health

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. e EHR: Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going and When Will We Get ere?
Speaker: Dr. Steve Grant, United Physicians

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Health Savings Accounts: Here Come the Banks!
Speaker: Paula Fryland, PNC Bank

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Q & A
Speakers: Dr. Joe Fortuna, Delphi Corp.
Jim Patterson, ArvinMeritor, Inc.

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Closing Remarks
Speakers: Dr. Joe Fortuna, Delphi Corp.
Jim Patterson, ArvinMeritor, Inc.

About AIAG

Founded in 1982, AIAG is a globally recognized organization where OEMs and suppliers unite to address and resolve issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. AIAG’s goals are to reduce cost and complexity through collaboration; improve product quality, health, safety and the environment; and optimize speed to market throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in the metro Detroit area, its more than 1,500 member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry. Additional information is available on the Internet at