Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland
The Global Center for Health Innovation opened for business last October in Cleveland, Ohio, but will officially open to the general public this October. The futuristic glass structure, designed by LMN Architects of Seattle, comprises four floors and 235,000 square feet of space. The Global Center is adjacent to Cleveland’s new underground Convention Center, also designed by LMN. Jointly, they hope to attract more healthcare-themed conferences and exhibits to Cleveland.
A Technology Showcase for All
HIMSS Innovation Center
HIMSS is one of the anchor tenants at the Global Center occupying the entire fourth floor. The HIMSS Innovation Center features a Technology Showcase, Simulation Center, and conference rooms. HIMSS now has a year-round exhibition space to complement its Annual Conference & Exhibition, which is the industry’s leading conference for healthcare professionals.
“This is a very interesting place, not for healthcare professionals only, but also for the general public,” according to John Paganini, Senior Manager of Interoperability Initiatives at the HIMSS Innovation Center. The aim is to drive interaction between health IT companies, healthcare professionals, and consumers.
I saw this mix in action while visiting the HIMSS Innovation Center and watching Apple conduct an educational event on replacing computers with iPads. The event attracted Apple’s new partner IBM, MobileIron Enterprise Mobility Management, app developers like HIPAAchat, physicians like Dr. Mark Aeder of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and members from the social media team of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
To find a cultural “fit” for a place requires a creative process of active dialogue between our clients, colleagues and stakeholders. We have found our projects increase in richness and meaning when the design process actively engages a broad diversity of participants. – LMN Architects
“The entire building was designed to be interactive and self-guided,” says Paganini, “Touch screen monitors allow you to see all the different vendors who have interesting healthcare IT products and services out on the Technology Showcase floor. ”
Collaborative Testing for Interoperability
HIMSS is still building onto what is already an impressive list of collaborators who are interested in collaborative testing and how interoperable systems can improve quality of care for patients and communities. Paganini revealed that the HIT industry’s largest interoperability testing event, the IHE NA Connectathon, will be held at the Global Center for Health Innovation in January, 2015. More than 550 systems engineers gather annually at the Connectathon to run thousands of real-time tests and verify their systems.
Also on the schedule of events is the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovations Summit taking place October 27 through 29, 2014, that will feature an Innovation Basecamp and the Top Ten Medical Innovations for 2015.
Four Floors, Four Themes
In addition to HIMSS’ innovation and interoperability on the fourth floor, each floor at the Global Center for Health Innovation has a theme. The first level ,”Health and Home”, offers a peek into the future with a 2,000 square foot State-of-the-Art Home. It features a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, each designed to show how people with disabilities or health challenges can thrive through innovative healthcare technologies.
Four Northeast Ohio hospital systems are part of the Welcome Center on the first floor including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth System, and St. Vincent’s Sisters of Charity.
“Clinical Spaces” on the third floor is dedicated to the clinical experience, and the second floor, themed “People, Patients and Caregivers”, is dedicated to patient care including GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health, MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic, STERIS, and BioEnterprise–Team NEO.
Biomedical Innovation and Startups
BioEnterprise–Team NEO markets Northeast Ohio’s biomedical community to the world. Over a billion dollars has been invested in 200 startup companies in the area with 41 exits since 2002. Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, and Case Western Reserve University collectively conduct over $700 million in annual research.
Making Healthcare Cool
Hopefully, in the future, people will say, ‘I’ve got to go to Cleveland to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Global Center for Health Innovation.’ – John Paganini
All photos by Angela @healthiscool.
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