HIMSS Global Health Conference - March 9-13, 2020 - Booth 7564
January 3, 2020
Updated March 5, 2020
HIMSS 2020 has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of COVID-19 Coronavirus.
"Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have continued to monitor the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Made apparent by recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus continues to spread globally and the situation is so dynamic that each day brings a new development. It is clearly necessary to cancel the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition.
HIMSS leadership has been gathering to discuss the situation at-length, in coordination with an external advisory panel of medical professionals to support evidence-based decision making. The advisory panel recognized that industry understanding of the potential reach of the virus has changed significantly in the last 24 hours, which has made it impossible to accurately assess risk. Additionally, there are concerns about disproportionate risk to the healthcare system given the unique medical profile of Global Conference attendees and the consequences of potentially displacing healthcare workers during a critical time, as well as stressing the local health systems were there to be an adverse event.
This will be the first time in 58 years the event has been cancelled, but it is now clear that cancellation is unavoidable in order to meet HIMSS’ obligation to protect the health and safety of the global HIMSS community, employees and local residents, as well as for the healthcare providers tasked with keeping our U.S. and global communities healthy.
This action was further informed by concerns received from HIMSS20 attendees, cancellations of similarly sized conferences in the U.S. and globally, as well as a growing volume of confirmed cases of coronavirus throughout the country. In light of these factors, HIMSS has determined it would be an unacceptable risk to bring so many thousands of people together in Orlando next week." - HIMSS event staff.
The 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, March 9–13 , 2020 in Orlando, is the leading health information and technology conference, bringing together nearly 45,000 professionals from 90+ countries for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to transform health around the world through information and technology— all at one time, all in one place. Choose from 300+ education sessions, 1,300+ vendors, hundreds of special programs and endless networking events.
HIMSS Conference Details
Dates: March 9-13, 2020
Exhibit hours: Tuesday, March 10: 10 am - 6:00 pm, Wednesday, March 11: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, and Thursday, March 12: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Orange County Convention Center, West Building, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Booth number 7564
Conference website: www.himssconference.org