HIMSS pushes again 2021 convention to August

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The Healthcare Info and Administration Programs Society has pushed again its five-day annual convention to August 9 in Las Vegas subsequent yr.

The 2021 HIMSS World Well being Convention & Exhibition had been slated for March 1-5. Info on the HIMSS convention web site signifies that HIMSS21 is now scheduled for August 9-12.

A spokeswoman for HIMSS confirmed that new dates had been introduced however wouldn’t affirm the precise dates.

HIStalk reported Wednesday {that a} reader forwarded an e-mail HIMSS reportedly despatched to exhibitors confirming a brand new HIMSS21 date of August 9-13. 

HIMSS officers are planning a press convention Friday to supply extra particulars in regards to the HIMSS21 convention.

HIMSS canceled its 2020 world well being convention in March simply days earlier than it was slated to begin attributable to issues about COVID-19.

On the time, HIMSS organizers stated the 2020 HIMSS World Well being Convention & Exhibition was known as off as a result of coronavirus outbreak. “The fast-evolving circumstances, which had been exterior of anybody’s management, made it clear that it will be an unacceptable threat to carry so many hundreds of individuals collectively,” the group stated in an announcement.

RELATED: HIMSS20 organizers step up on-site preparedness for coronavirus as main exhibitors again out

HIMSS organizers took loads of warmth on social media and from attendees for planning to go forward with the convention below the shadow of pandemic fears. Others had been annoyed that HIMSS canceled the convention so late.

After canceling the 2020 occasion, HIMSS initially introduced no refunds, which drew loads of ire from exhibitors and registrants. Attendees and exhibitors complained a couple of lack of communication from HIMSS organizers and an absence of obtainable refund choices.

HIMSS then adjusted its coverage and introduced on April eight that it will present partial credit for the HIMSS21 and HIMSS22 occasions.

The group shifted a few of the in-person convention content material to a digital convention and made periods obtainable on-line.

In Could, 21 well being IT corporations that deliberate to exhibit at HIMSS20 despatched HIMSS CEO Harold Wolf a letter expressing anger at the way it dealt with the state of affairs and requested a 100% refund of exhibitor charges, in keeping with reporting from SearchHealthIT.

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