HIMSS Innovation Center Advances Interoperability

  HIMSS Innovation Center Advances Interoperability

  Cause-based, global organization focusing on improving healthcare with the
                                best use of IT

Business Wire

CLEVELAND -- February 19, 2013

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced earlier today that the
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, known as HIMSS, will be
leasing on the fourth level 12,500 square feet for its Innovation Center, a
unique and dynamic testing, demonstration, exhibition, and educational
facility, with another 12,500 square feet of exhibition space, of the
newly-named Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly the Cleveland
Medical Mart). HIMSS also plans to double the size of the exhibition space by
2016. County Executive FitzGerald made the announcement during his annual
“State of the County” address at the City Club in downtown Cleveland.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on improving
healthcare through the best use of information technology and management
systems. HIMSS, with its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago
with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, represents more
than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two-thirds work in
healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

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.

“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 CEO.

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.

The newly renamed Global Center for Health Innovation more accurately reflects
the purpose and mission of the facility and a natural transition in the
business evolution of the Cleveland Medical Mart. 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 exemplifies the global reach of the facility, as the sector’s leader in
health IT with offices around the world in Chicago, Brussels, Singapore,
Berlin, and Leipzig. The Healthcare Technology Showcase, much like the
Interoperability Showcases held at HIMSS conferences, will enable solutions
providers to work collaboratively instead of competitively to demonstrate and
solve real-world healthcare delivery problems. HIMSS joins Cleveland Clinic,
GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, University Hospitals and Philips Healthcare
as charter tenants in the Global Center.

Contact:

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.
Dave Johnson, 216-920-1437
djohnson@mmart.com
or
HIMSS
Joyce Lofstrom, 312-915-9237
jlofstrom@himss.org