#HIMSS20 Coronavirus Cancellations and President Trump Keynote Update

UPDATE: We just received the following email that HIMSS20 has been cancelled.  We’ve reschedule a number of our HIMSS 2020 Meetups virtually if you’d like to join us.

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.

I will be in contact with your organization within the 14 working days with additional logistics details.

Sincerely,

Elli Riley

Senior Director Exhibitor & Meeting Services

HIMSS

As you can imagine, we’re super-busy planning for the HIMSS20 annual conference that it scheduled to take place next week in Orlando. As we reported before, the situation is dynamic, which is a fancy way of saying that there are many unknowns, but we are getting regular updates. In this article, we are sharing the latest on we’re hearing.

[Aside: Be sure to check out our previous health IT coronavirus article to learn what healthcare IT organizations are doing to prepare for the coronavirus at their organization]

As of this morning, Karen Groppe from HIMSS has reiterated that the HIMSS Annual conference is still going ahead as scheduled. HIMSS has an independent medical team that is evaluating the situation regularly and they will be following the advice of this team as things continue to unfold. We will update this article as we receive more news.

It was confirmed this morning that President Trump will be making a speech at the start of HIMSS 2020. He’ll be speaking at 4 PM ET on Monday, March 9, 2020. It was noted that this event was a White House event and not a HIMSS event. HIMSS attendees are invited to attend. If you are planning on attending in-person, be prepared for extra security – metal detectors, etc. If you can’t make it into the main room (limited space), the speech will be streamed to other rooms.  Also, CHIME informed me that they’ll be streaming it to the CHIME Spring Forum main room so that CHIME members can attend the CHIME reception and then watch President Trump’s remarks.  For those at home, the speech can be seen on WhiteHouse.gov.

While HIMSS20 is still forward, we’ve been seeing a lot of companies pulling out of the event. Plus, I’m hearing from many other vendors that they’re sending fewer people or that they’re allowing their staff to decide if they want to go or not. This is a dynamic situation (there’s that word again) and will continue to change in the days leading up to HIMSS20.

To help all of us, we wanted to share the companies we know that have pulled out and will add to this list as we get more information. Whenever possible, we have linked to the public statement made by these companies. To keep this list in perspective, HIMSS20 has over 1300 vendors.

  1. Accenture
  2. Amazon AWS
  3. AT&T
  4. Audacious Inquiry (unconfirmed)
  5. BD
  6. Boomi
  7. Butterfly Network
  8. Carin Alliance
  9. Cisco
  10. City of Hope
  11. Change Healthcare
  12. Cleveland Clinic (unconfirmed)
  13. CliniThink
  14. Cognizant (confirmed via email)
  15. ConnectionIT
  16. DaVita
  17. Dell Technologies
  18. Deloitte
  19. eClinicalWorks
  20. E&Y
  21. Elsevier
  22. Google Cloud
  23. Greenway Health
  24. HCA
  25. Hillrom (confirmed via email)
  26. HL7
  27. HP
  28. Humana
  29. IU Health
  30. IBM
  31. Infor
  32. InstaMed
  33. Intermountain
  34. Intel
  35. KenSci
  36. Kyruus
  37. LexisNexis
  38. Lyft
  39. Lumiata
  40. McKesson
  41. Medicomp
  42. MEDITECH
  43. Microsoft
  44. MITRE Health
  45. Netapp
  46. NextGen
  47. NTT Data
  48. Nutanix
  49. OpenText
  50. Pariveda Solutions
  51. PointClickCare
  52. Pure Storage
  53. Quil Health
  54. Rauland
  55. ResMed
  56. Roche
  57. Salesforce
  58. SAP
  59. SAS
  60. Siemens Healthineers
  61. SOC Telemed
  62. Spacelabs
  63. Stanley Healthcare
  64. Tableau
  65. TENTE Casters, Inc
  66. TriNetX
  67. Validic
  68. Veritas
  69. Virtustream
  70. Visage Imaging
  71. Vocera
  72. VMWare
  73. Wipro
  74. Workday
  75. Zoom Video

It seems like HIMSS is updating their interactive exhibitor map now so you can verify who is in and who is out. Although, I’m sure that it won’t be updated quite as quick as the list above and announcements on social media.

You can see from the list that there are some major companies who have decided to pull out. HOWEVER, that still leaves more than 1000 companies that are planning on being there (or put another way, who haven’t yet announced plans to cancel). Someone also started a Change.org petition asking for HIMSS20 to be cancelled.  So far it only has 160 signatures.

HIMSS has said in multiple emails that they’ve had a small number of registration cancellations and that they weren’t going to comment on exhibitor cancellations. Yesterday, they told us that they had 36,795 people registered and over 1000 new registrations in 2 days.  Plus, they noted 1315 exhibitors. However, considering they have a no refund policy for attendees, hotels, and exhibitors, I’m not sure how HIMSS would really assess how many people aren’t planning to attend.

I wanted to create a list of companies I know are still planning to attend, but everyone that I talked to told me “as of now” which means they’re planning on it, but they’re open to changes as the situation evolves.  We do see quite a few people and companies on the #HIMSS20 hashtag that are saying they’re still planning to come.

It’s a sad situation all around.  Talking to many in the HITMC community, I joked that we may need a special HIMSS coronavirus session at HITMC20 to process this tough experience. As one person told me, it’s just heart breaking to have 5 months of work not yield the results that it did in past years. The same is true for the people at HIMSS who have spent all year planning.

We’ll keep updating this post with the latest information.  If you have any updates we’re missing, please reach out to us on our contact us page or on Twitter @techguy 

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25 Comments

  • Validic
    @validic
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    59s
    Validic has canceled our #HIMSS20 appearance due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19. As a company in healthcare, it is our responsibility to put people’s health, safety, and welfare first.

  • Gives new meaning to the HITMC “Unconference” sessions…

    It’s a sad situation all around. Talking to many in the HITMC community, I joked that we may need a special HIMSS coronavirus session at HITMC20 to process this tough experience. As one person told me, it’s just heart breaking to have 5 months of work not yield the results that it did in past years. The same is true for the people at HIMSS who have spent all year planning.

  • TENTE Casters, Inc.
    @TENTE_Casters
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    9m
    Due to the current situation of the #coronavirus we are not participating in trade shows this March. We put people and safety first. We hope that our actions will make a difference. http://ow.ly/JXk450yD0p4

  • eClinicalWorks
    @eClinicalWorks
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    2h
    Due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), eClinicalWorks will not be attending or exhibiting at the #HIMSS20 conference in Orlando.

  • MEDITECH will be announcing their cancellation from HIMSS very soon. They have already announced internally and to their sales teams.

  • If Meditech is out that’s the first big mainstream HIT vendor to go…. that’s a big investment to write off

  • Something interesting – When I search the HIMSS exhibitor map for these vendors, I get a generic map (as opposed to the actual vendor location on the show floor). So, EPIC still shows on the floor map. However, when I search for EPIC, I get the generic map instead…. so I am wondering if they pulled out and HIMSS is either not letting us know or just haven;t updated the map yet,

    Thoughts? Rumors?

  • MEDITECH will not be exhibiting at #HIMSS20. This was a difficult decision but we want to minimize our possible contribution to the spread of COVID-19 and allay the concerns of our staff and customers.

  • “Having Trump speak at a healthcare conference is ridiculous and offensive”…..
    Errrrr…..could this possibly be the reason for so many cancellations??

  • cdougj, I’m sure there are a few that have that reason, but I think the majority are about the coronavirus. Most would still be going if it weren’t for the coronavirus.

  • Ctrl Group
    @ctrl_group
    Update: Ctrl Group and
    @fora_health
    will not be participating in #HIMSS20

  • Eric Quinones, MD
    @DrQ4U
    ·
    5m
    Replying to
    @histalk
    @decisiohealth
    will NOT be attending #HIMSS20

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