Celebrating #NHITweek in the heart of healthcare innovation: Cleveland

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There are rankings for everything these days. Looking for the city with the best food? How about the best places to live in your 30s? Need to find the best place to be when zombies attack?

My hometown and where I currently work and live, Cleveland, consistently lands on all these lists. Zombies aside, there is one aspect of Cleveland I’m particularly proud of – its reputation as a leader in healthcare.

As I think about #NHITweek (National Health IT Week), there’s no place I’d rather be than Cleveland. It’s the heart of healthcare innovation. Home to amazing healthcare organizations like Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and The MetroHealth System, Cleveland boasts one of the highest per-capita ratios of both hospitals and primary care physicians per resident. Not only is the ratio high, the quality of the care delivered is excellent.

Innovation in action

Cleveland is also home to the Global Center for Health Innovation (GCHI). Just last week, the GCHI hosted the Cleveland Medical Hackathon, where the winning team produced a working prototype for a compact, wearable device that measures blood pressure and reports it in real time through an app. When this kind of innovation happens over a weekend, imagine what’s possible when you put some of the most innovative healthcare organizations in the same building for an extended period of time, which is exactly what the GCHI does.

And let’s not forget about the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and its spectacular view from the fourth floor of the GCHI. This organization has been transforming health and healthcare through health IT for years. Dedicated to improving the quality, cost effectiveness, access and value of healthcare through IT, HIMSS has expanded its presence across the world, creating more unified health records wherever patients might present.

As a proud partner of HIMSS, and strategic IT partners with Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and The MetroHealth System, we have an amazing opportunity to lead healthcare and help create more complete patient records not only for Clevelanders, but for everyone.

We’ve come a long way on the journey to digital healthcare and we certainly aren’t slowing down now. Here’s to what’s been an insightful #NHITweek! And to zombies.

Kate Barney

Kate Barney

Kate Barney is Hyland's marketing portfolio manager for the healthcare industry.

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