Hello from Vegas! HIMSS always feels like the beginning of a New Year to me. Since CommonWell first announced our formation at HIMSS 13 in New Orleans, it has become our tradition to use it as an opportunity to celebrate the past year’s successes, report on our progress and share our future plans. It is also a time to connect with our Alliance members, as well as old and new industry friends.

I honestly look forward to it every year.

This year, CommonWell is focused on featuring what our amazing members are doing, as we have had quite a past year. We now have 41 members, 21 of whom have a presence on the HIMSS show floor.  Keep an eye out for our CommonWell insignia across the show floor or check out our HIMSS page to see where our members are and when you might be able to catch a demo or presentation.

At our CommonWell booth (#8331) in the Venetian ballroom, we will be featuring some of our newest videos, including a look at our CommonWell services and a demo video that shows our CommonWell services in action across five of our members’ EHRs. If you are at HIMSS, we hope you stop by and say hello.

If you can’t make it to Vegas this year, we will bring a little HIMSS directly to you. Tomorrow, we will be launching CommonWellTV. On it, you will see interviews of different executives from our exhibiting member companies –right from the show floor. You can hear directly from them on their thoughts about interoperability and how CommonWell plays into their plans to help break down data sharing barriers. The videos will be posted throughout the conference, so check back often to see who is next on the program.

Thanks for taking the time to read above what we are up to at HIMSS this year. Hope to see you there!

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

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