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HIMSS Innovation Center Opens in Cleveland

October 8, 2013
by John DeGaspari
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Center provides interactive learning experience for healthcare IT products and services

The Health Information Management and Systems Society opened the HIMSS Innovation Center today as part of the Global Center for Health Innovation, in downtown Cleveland. The 30,000-square-foot Innovation Center includes a Health IT Simulation Center testing health IT interoperability, and a Healthcare Technology Showcase demonstrating the value of IT and information exchange to patient care, clinician and patient satisfaction, population health, and the bottom line.

“The HIMSS Innovation Center is a milestone in our mission to improve health through the best use of information technology,” according to Carla Smith, executive vice president of HIMSS, in a prepared statement. “As a permanent facility capable of hosting virtual and in-person experiences, clinicians, health professionals, consumers, and policy-makers can see how the secure and appropriate exchange of health information improves the outcomes, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to care. It is an interactive setting where, with our collaborators, HIMSS enables testing of interoperable IT products, and provides knowledge and firsthand demonstrations of the value of health IT for patient care.”

The Health IT Simulation Center is a multi-care environment populated with simulated patient demographic, clinical and financial data. Members of the health and healthcare communities can interact in real-time to scenarios that elicit a specific product’s interoperability and other capabilities to improve quality and patient outcomes, cost-effective care coordination, secure data exchange and better business performance. The Healthcare Technology Showcase includes exhibitions on information exchange, mobile health, and consumer-driven health.


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