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HIMSS Interoperability Showcase to Feature Real-Time Use Cases

The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase is set to take place March 6-8. Clinicians and stakeholders from across the healthcare industry are invited to this 34,000-square-foot exhibition space that will feature 16 different real-time interoperability use cases. Major sponsors from across healthcare – including names like Epic, Cerner, Philips, the Department of Veteran Affairs – will come together in a collaborative space to demonstrate interoperability in action.

“The Showcase is real-time interoperability. You can see vendors actually exchanging information right there during the demonstrations,” says Dr. Philip DePalo, HIMSS Senior Technical Project Manager.

The event space includes several different areas. Attendees can see the real-time use cases take place in the Showcase area. For a more hands-on experience, explore the Discovery Center. The MarketPlace gives attendees a chance to learn about the sales of the products they have been working together during the live demonstrations.

During this year’s Showcase, attendees can expect to see the following real-time use cases:

  • Connecting Virtual Teams: Smart Care for HepC
  • Cancer Registry, Discovery and Research
  • Immunization and Vaccination
  • Opioid Addiction Care
  • Value Based Care
  • Reinventing Medical Management
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Cardiovascular and Diabetes Risk
  • Telehealth & Stroke Continuum of Care
  • Heart Attack
  • Collaborative Community Cancer Care
  • Birth Reporting and NICU
  • Transplant Care
  • Public Health Reporting
  • Battlefield to Bedside
  • Nationwide Care Transitions

These use cases draw on a number of different IHE Profiles, such as XDS, XDR, XCA, PCD, PIV, RFD, QRPH, and VRDR. While IHE Profiles play a prominent role in the Showcase, vendors will also draw on a variety of different profiles, like HL7 FHIR, to demonstrate interoperability.

“About three years ago we transitioned from the idea that this was just an IHE showcase to the idea that it is an interoperability showcase. There may be participating vendors that use just IHE, multiple different types of profiles, or something entirely different,” says DePalo. “We are discovering a hybrid model.”

Months of planning goes into creating these use cases. Instead of simple presentations, use cases are intensive demonstrations that show how products actually achieve interoperability and fix any unexpected errors in real-time.

“This isn’t a sales pitch. You are looking at multiple vendors, natural competitors, in a neutral space showing what their products really do what they say they do,” says DePalo.