For the third consecutive year, Cerner will not have exhibit space at the HIMSS conference. “Cerner will not have a booth on the showroom floor this year,” Chief Operating Officer Mike Valentine says in an e-mailed statement. “However, we are involved in initiatives like the Interoperability Showcase, and have participated in it for the last three years, including 2011.” The Interoperability Showcase, booth 7343, is hosted by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise project.

The company, as one of the largest clinical I.T. vendors in the space, has been notable by its absence. It pulled out after the 2008 show, and a Cerner spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for further information about the reasons behind the decision. However, company releases from 2008 provide some clues to its decision.

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