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HIMSS announces that it has cancelled the HIMSS20 conference, following recent coronavirus reports from WHO and CDC.
HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf said in a statement, “We recognize all the hard work that so many have put into preparing for their presentations and panels that accompany every HIMSS conference. Based on evaluation of evolving circumstances and coordination with an external advisory panel of medical professionals to support evidence-based decision making, it is clear that it would be an unacceptable risk to bring so many thousands of people together in Orlando next week.”
The advisory panel said that risk could not be assessed due to frequent coronavirus updates. It also expressed concerns about taking healthcare workers away from their jobs.
This is the first time the annual conference has been cancelled in its 58-year history.
All CHIME-related events scheduled for the week are also cancelled.
A cancellation FAQ says:
- The White House was not involved in the decision. HIMSS will work with the Office of the President to share the content of President Trump’s speech.
- The conference will not be rescheduled.
- HIMSS is working with hotels to address reimbursement. Airline travel will not be reimbursed.
- Updates on registration refunds will be issued within 14 working days.
- Exhibitors will be contacted with further information about booth contracts.
- HIMSS has no plans to make sessions available virtually.