HIMSS establishes worldwide hub for health and health IT testing
6 March 2013
The Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems
Society (HIMSS) is setting up a testing, demonstration, exhibition,
and educational facility in the newly-named Global Center for Health
Innovation (formerly the Cleveland Medical Mart) in Cleveland, Ohio.
HIMSS also plans to double the size of the exhibition space by 2016.
The HIMSS Innovation Center will provide ongoing services for
health delivery organizations and health IT companies, along with
exhibitions, educational programming, and consumer-oriented
applications. In addition, the year-round interoperability showcase
and exhibition space will further validate functionality for new and
developing products using standards and customized testing in both a
physical and virtual demonstration environment.
With its scenario-based setting, the HIMSS Health IT Ecosystem
will provide a fully operational, multi-facility environment
populated with simulated patient demographic, clinical and financial
data. The health and healthcare communities will be able to plug
into this environment and both test and demonstrate a specific
product’s interoperability capabilities.
At the HIMSS Healthcare Technology Showcase, the health and
healthcare community will find opportunities to participate in
long-lasting exhibits themed around harnessing the power of IT in
vital issues such as mobile devices, consumer-driven healthcare, and
evidence-based care. The themed exhibits will show the value of the
participating technologies in specific-use cases of the highlighted
theme and serve as a point of collaboration.
HIMSS testing and educational services will be available
virtually worldwide. The HIMSS space in the Global Center for Health
Innovation will become a worldwide hub for health and health IT
testing, demonstration, exhibitions, and consumer products,
including the latest breakthroughs in mobile health devices and
distance medicine technology.
The HIMSS educational offerings will leverage a variety of
interoperability platforms, partner with other leaders in the
facility, and create a full menu of educational programming for
health and healthcare sector learners and conferences housed in the
adjacent Cleveland Convention Center.
“We look forward to the opening in October of the HIMSS
Innovation Center in the Global Center for Health Innovation. As we
continue to build on our more than 14 years of leadership in and
support of achieving seamless, secure exchange of electronic health
information, our focus at HIMSS continues on interoperability,
standards and harmonization initiatives, here in Cleveland and
across the globe,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and
The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only
facility in the world that displays the future of health and
healthcare, the majority of the participating partners have global
reach and reputation, and the participating partners will draw
international visitors to their spaces within the Global Center.
HIMSS joins Cleveland Clinic, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls,
University Hospitals and Philips Healthcare as charter tenants in
the Global Center.