I spoke on Friday, Aug. 9, at the City Club of Cleveland as part of a five-part series – Broadband: understanding the fiber of our region, presented by the City Club and OneCommunity. This nonprofit organization is focused on the expansion of high-speed broadband access and adoption to strengthen Northeast Ohio. I was honored to be part of this series, because I know how important the growth of broadband technology is to not only Northeastern Ohio, but for communities and health providers across the globe.
In discussing the many aspects of broadband technology in healthcare, I highlighted the HIMSS Innovation Center, which is located in Cleveland, and will open on Oct. 8, as part of the Global Center for Health Innovation. In this facility, all health stakeholders will be working together to evolve, test, and demonstrate the interoperability capabilities needed to achieve better health. In fact, we consider the Innovation Center as a year-round destination for a variety of audiences – from healthcare providers that want to better understand how sharing of patient health information functions to vendors that want to introduce a new product.
Healthcare is a global issue with local emphasis. My presentation gave me a glimpse of how local leaders in Cleveland are working together to make sure they have the needed broadband technology to support not only healthcare, but other information-sharing needs. I talked to senior executives that believe in the future of their community and recognize they must work together for future success and longevity.
An estimated one-third of the world’s population is now online, which means more people will join this virtual discussion as time goes on. The health sector must support the ensuing demand for secure data sharing of patient information – with providers in and around Northeast Ohio and beyond. Today’s conversation captured just one component of what’s going on now…and what’s ahead…in healthcare and broadband.