Hello from sunny Orlando! Home of Disney World, the Harry Potter Experience at Universal and the HIMSS17 conference, all of which given me a twinge of awe and amazement when I walk through the gates/doors (and each of which always leave my feet hurting at the end of the day). This year at HIMSS, I am contemplating wearing sneakers versus my fashionable flats given all that is going on, particularly around CommonWell

If you are me, having a plan for how you spend your time at HIMSS is key to a stress-free, education and networking-filled time at the Conference. I hope you will include CommonWell as one of your “must see” points at the show.

To help in your planning, here are my top 5 things to see from CommonWell while at HIMSS.

  • CommonWell Care Transitions at the Interop Showcase: This is the first year CommonWell is participating in the Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS. The CommonWell Care Transitions use case demonstration is a dedicated vignette demonstrating three-part interoperability with CommonWell Health Alliance and participating members, Cerner and Brightree. Attendees will be able to watch as a patient navigates the health care system starting in an in-patient setting, moving to a home care setting and ultimately following up with her primary care physician (PCP). Visit us Monday, Feb 20 – Wednesday, Feb 22 for live demonstrations every 15 minutes past the hour.
  • CommonWell TV: Our members will be featured on CommonWell TV next week. Hear from industries icons like David McCallie and Arien Malec, from our own executive director Jitin Asnaani, and from more than 20 CommonWell member executives, as they share their thoughts on CommonWell, interoperability and the future of the health care industry – all near real time from the HIMSS show floor! Tune in Monday and Tuesday to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
  • CommonWell Presentations at HIMSS: We invite you to join us at our many events, presentation and member demonstrations happening next week and in various locations. A comprehensive list is available on our HIMSS17 Digital Guide.
    1. Advancing Nationwide Person-Centered Health Data Exchange – Education Session: Ubiquitous nationwide health data exchange has eluded the healthcare industry for decades–until now. Hear how Beebe Healthcare is leveraging that newly available data to better manage their patients’ care, access their snowbirds’ health records and treat tourists in their community.Tuesday, February 21 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Room W311E
      Co-presented by: Michael Maksymow, VP and CIO Beebe Healthcare and CommonWell Provider Advisory Board member, and Jitin Asnaani, Executive Director, CommonWell Health Alliance
    2. HIMSS HIE Multi-Stakeholder Panel at Interop Showcase: CommonWell Executive Director, Jitin Asnaani will join the panel discussions and share reactions and commentary on newly released survey data from the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community on different organizations’ approaches to health information exchange (HIE).Tuesday, February 21 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Theater
  • Our member booths: We have 26 members plus our service provider on the Exhibit Floor at HIMSS, many of whom are offering CommonWell demos and presentations in their booths, including Cerner, MEDITECH, and McKesson. A full schedule and demo times can be found on our HIMSS17 Digital Guide.

On behalf of all our CommonWell members, we are excited to see everyone at HIMSS17 in Orlando. Hope you get a chance to check out some of the above. You can also follow us on Twitter @CommonWell as well as our Facebook and LinkedIn pages for HIMSS17 updates throughout the week!

Jennifer Smith, senior strategist at Cerner, is the Marketing chair for CommonWell Health Alliance