GWS5000

Coronavirus forces cancellation of HIMSS20

For the very first time in 58 several years, the HIMSS World wide Wellbeing Convention & Exhibition – which was scheduled to take put March 9-thirteen in Orlando, Florida – has been canceled.

HIMSS has been preserving a near eye on the fast-switching throughout the world coronavirus problem for weeks, and said the decision to terminate will come in mild of latest stories from the World Wellbeing Business and Facilities for Disorder Control and Prevention.

It was made a decision that the opportunity to spread the virus – in particular presented HIMSS’ audience of healthcare professionals – was far too good.

“We acknowledge all the tough work that so lots of have place into getting ready for their shows and panels that accompany each individual HIMSS conference,” said Hal Wolf, president and CEO of HIMSS, in a assertion.

“Dependent on analysis of evolving conditions and coordination with an exterior advisory panel of medical professionals to support proof-dependent decision making, it is clear that it would be an unacceptable threat to carry so lots of hundreds of persons collectively in Orlando future week.”

The cancellation was needed to meet up with HIMSS’ obligation to guard the health and fitness and security of its customers throughout the globe, as effectively as staff and nearby residents.

Furthermore, the threat to the lots of healthcare providers who were established to go to the conference – so lots of of whom will be vital to combating the spread of COVID-19 – was a major problem, presented their opportunity displacement throughout these kinds of a significant community health and fitness emergency.

HIMSS20 exhibitors and attendees will be contacted with further more information. Attendees can also test the HIMSS20 Cancellation FAQ web site for much more specifics. Ongoing updates will be posted on HIMSSConference.org.

This tale will also be up to date.

Health care IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.