Coronavirus forces cancellation of HIMSS20

Ali Corbett

For the initially time in 58 a long time, the HIMSS World Wellbeing Conference & Exhibition – which was scheduled to choose area March nine-thirteen in Orlando, Florida – has been canceled.

HIMSS has been holding a near eye on the rapid-transforming worldwide coronavirus predicament for months, and claimed the choice to cancel arrives in light of recent reports from the World Wellbeing Corporation and Facilities for Illness Handle and Prevention.

It was resolved that the potential to distribute the virus – in particular given HIMSS’ viewers of health care specialists – was much too excellent.

“We identify all the challenging perform that so numerous have put into preparing for their presentations and panels that accompany every HIMSS conference,” claimed Hal Wolf, president and CEO of HIMSS, in a statement.

“Dependent on evaluation of evolving instances and coordination with an exterior advisory panel of health care specialists to assistance evidence-dependent choice building, it is apparent that it would be an unacceptable risk to bring so numerous countless numbers of men and women collectively in Orlando subsequent week.”

The cancellation was essential to meet HIMSS’ obligation to defend the wellness and security of its members throughout the globe, as perfectly as workforce and community citizens.

What’s more, the risk to the numerous health care providers who had been established to attend the conference – so numerous of whom will be essential to fighting the distribute of COVID-19 – was a big worry, given their potential displacement all through these a critical public wellness unexpected emergency.

HIMSS20 exhibitors and attendees will be contacted with further more info. Attendees can also check the HIMSS20 Cancellation FAQ web page for far more details. Ongoing updates will be published on HIMSSConference.org.

This story will also be current.

Healthcare IT Information is a HIMSS Media publication.

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