HIMSS Innovation Center Provides Insights on the Value of Health IT

CLEVELAND (October 15, 2013) – HIMSS, the global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through IT, opened the HIMSS Innovation Center on Oct. 8 with 30,000 square feet of space to highlight the value of health IT.  In this space, the Health IT Simulation Center tests health IT interoperability, and a Healthcare Technology Showcase demonstrates the value of IT and information exchange to patient care, clinician and patient satisfaction, population health, and the bottom line. 

Now, during the 2013 Medical Innovation Summit sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, the HIMSS Innovation Center opens its doors for tours giving Summit attendees the chance to see first-hand the value of health IT with hands-on and interactive demonstrations on the value of health IT. In addition, HIMSS WorldWide President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber, CAE joined panel speakers on Oct. 14 at the New Venture Healthcare Challenge, presented by Cleveland Clinic and StartUp Health.

Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS, described the HIMSS Innovation Center as a “milestone in our mission to improve health through the best use of information technology.” She explained, as a permanent facility, “the HIMSS Innovation Center hosts virtual and in-person experiences where 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.”

Visitors to the HIMSS Innovation Center can take part in an interactive learning experience where they can:

  • Learn about innovative IT products and services that can positively transform the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to care;
  • Simulate clinical scenarios in which health information is securely and appropriately shared and how health information technologies can improve patient care; and
  • Participate in state-of-the art use of IT in health and healthcare practices.

The Health IT Simulation Center is a fully operational, multi-care environment populated with simulated patient demographic, clinical and financial data. By being either physically in the Innovation Center or virtually through the cloud, members of the health and healthcare communities can interact in real-time to both test and demonstrate 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. 

Within the Healthcare Technology Showcase, stakeholders view exhibitions on information exchange, mobile health, consumer-driven health, and more. The year-round exhibition space will further validate functionality for new and emerging products using standards and customized testing in both a physical and virtual demonstration environment.

HIMSS Collaborators play a key role at the Innovation Center with their health IT solutions in place as ongoing demonstrations for healthcare providers to review and test products for their respective hospitals and clinical practices.  The HIMSS Innovation Center Charter Collaborators are: Alego Health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Fujitsu, IHE USA, ICSA Labs, Total Voice Technologies, Cardinal Health, Juniper Networks, and Concur.

The HIMSS Innovation Center offers educational programming including interoperability simulations and virtual demonstrations, joint educational efforts produced with other organizations in the Global Center, and opportunities for health and healthcare sector learners and conferences housed in the adjacent Cleveland Convention Center. HIMSS is also participating in the Global Center’s patient home of the future, providing examples of current and forward-looking mobile health technologies for patients. HIMSS estimates approximately 100,000 visitors will come through the Innovation Center annually.

  • Visit the HIMSS booth - #16 - at the 2013 Medical Innovation Summit to learn more about HIMSS and schedule a tour of the HIMSS Innovation Center.
  • Visit the HIMSS Innovation Center on the 4th floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to www.himssinnovationcenter.org for more information.



HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


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