This year marks our 5th Anniversary at HIMSS, which hardly seems possible for those of us who have been a part of CommonWell since day one. This year seemed to be especially fun, with individuals from many of our member companies staffing our booth. We had a great time hosting new and old friends in our booth and enjoyed highlighting the more than 9800+ provider sites committed to using CommonWell services on our life-size map wall.

Twenty-six of our 60+ member companies participated at HIMSS in Orlando. Continuing the tradition, all proudly showcased their CommonWell membership in their booths, while some even shared service demos and testimonials.

New this year, we hosted more than 300 people at our CommonWell booth in the Interoperability Showcase. Brightree and Cerner gave live demonstrations of their EHRs with CommonWell services built directly into the current provider workflow. Attendees watched as a patient navigated 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.

We also hosted our third annual reception for attending members on Monday evening. It was a packed house with lots of celebrating, catching up and networking across the Alliance.

Also new this year, CommonWell was featured in a number of presentations, including an education session with our Executive Director Jitin Asnaani and Beebe Healthcare CIO Mike Maksymow, an Interop Showcase panel with a number of other organizations focused on interoperability across geographies, and in member booth presentations by Jitin.

Jitin was also honored by NATE (National Association for Trusted Exchange) as a Champion of Consumer Access thanks in large part to his work as our executive director.

If you weren’t able to attend HIMSS, we have you covered! Many of our member companies participated in CommonWell TV, shot live from the HIMSS exhibit floor. Watch interviews of CommonWell members sharing their thoughts on CommonWell, interoperability and the future of the health care industry.

Hope to see you next year at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas!

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