Posted on behalf of Kevin Field, Summit Healthcare, Regional Sales Manager
What a week! Summit Healthcare entered Chicago with anticipation and excitement for the conversations, opportunities, networking, and fun that lay ahead. HIMSS 2015 did not disappoint!!
Summit Healthcare continues to grow as an organization, expanding our market footprint. On the same ascent, 2015 was the largest HIMSS conference to date; well over forty thousand attendees. The conference was fast paced; Summit Healthcare had more requested demonstrations and “drop-ins” than any past HIMSS. My thanks to all of our clients and prospects that sought out the Summit Healthcare booths to check in on the latest products and services including Provider Alert, Express Connect Interface Engine, Downtime Reporting, Dictionary InSync, Scripting, Provider Office Integration, and more!
Summit Healthcare has over 500 existing clients. We had a chance to connect with almost all of them that attended the conference. A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all. It’s good to know we are on the right track and their feedback continues to prove invaluable. Attendees left the booth very excited—seeing the future of our interoperability platform. It’s also worth noting that we unveiled Summit’s Provider Alert tool—geared towards proactive alerting and notifications for your patient’s care team outside the hospital. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
While the days were focused on working the tradeshow floor, the nights were dedicated to networking and fun. The weight scale will not be kind after leaving Chicago. We started the week with a slam dunk steak—needless to say Summit Healthcare recommends Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse. On Monday, we hosted an event for clients at Eno’s Wine Bar within the InterContinental Hotel. We followed that with prospect and vendor dinners later in the evening. Tuesday was spent at various networking events culminating in seeing many old cohorts at Meditech’s Customer Appreciation Event. The event was very well done, with great attendance and a festive live band. On Wednesday, we had a “family night” and saw the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds. While we still prefer Fenway Park, everyone enjoyed the Wrigley Field experience.
This year Summit Healthcare also participated in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Teamed with two other vendors, Summit participated in the fictional path of Jada Strong’s home healthcare journey. Jada is a 14 year old who has been diagnosed with diabetes and is now tasked with monitoring her health through home care. The integration scenario and product demonstration were well received with many attendees subsequently stopping by the booth. A common statement was “we just saw Summit Healthcare at the interoperability showcase and had to stop by”. Both Summit booth locations were heavily engaged in discussions around FHIR, potential MU3 regulations, and the next wave of interoperability.
Finally, our growing partnership with S&P Consultants continues to take shape. S&P are specialists in a range of professional services, primarily to the Cerner client base. There was a lot Cerner clients stopping by the booth to see Summit’s Downtime Reporting Tool. Feedback was strong, largely because of its simplicity to implement, use, and maintain across a healthcare enterprise. Keeping domains & tables synchronized is a challenge for virtually every healthcare organization—large or small. So Cerner clients were very excited to see Summit InSync , a domain comparison solution. This is a place where Summit will be looking to combine our respective strengths with S&P to initially provide a joint offering.
It was an exhilarating week, just as it’s an exciting time in healthcare. As we return to Boston, we have a lot of work to do and with it our future continues to brighten. A special thanks to our customers, industry counterparts, and fellow Summit Healthcare colleagues. See you next year!