HIMSS21 will kick off in a week in Las Vegas as the first and largest healthcare conference to take place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.
The host of the conference, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), announced in May that took a “required vaccination” approach for all HIMSS attendees, exhibitors and staff for HIMSS21, scheduled to take place August 9-13 in Las Vegas.
HIMSS also offers a digital event along with the in-person conference for those who don’t want to travel to Las Vegas.
Worsening COVID conditions have likely affected registration for the event. According to HIMSS, more than 18,000 people have signed up for the digital and in-person experience, and new signups continue to come in. By comparison, HIMSS19 had 43,000 enrollees.
There are 735 companies registered as exhibitors, about half the usual number.
While lower attendance will make the conference halls less crowded, the HIMSS conference will also be a testing ground for the return of live in-person events, and at a time when the delta variant of COVID-19 continues. sweeping across the country. .
As the conference approaches, the state of Nevada is seeing an increase in cases.
Only 44% of Nevadans are fully vaccinated. Overall, Silver State is seeing an average of 32.7 new cases per 100,000 people a day, a 22% increase from last week, Forbes reported July 30.
The highest number of COVID-19 cases is in Clark County, where Las Vegas is located. The Clark County Commission voted last week in an emergency meeting to require all employees who work indoors to cover their faces, according to Forbes.
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HIMSS canceled its 2020 global health conference in March, just days before it began due to concerns about COVID-19.
Here is the latest information you need to know health protocols at the HIMSS21 event in person and highlights from the conference program:
Masks will be required: HIMSS will require masks for all HIMSS attendees, exhibitors and staff on the HIMSS21 campus and in all public spaces. That mandate follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in closed public settings in counties with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission rates.
The Nevada governor has also issued an emergency directive requiring face covering indoors, according to the guide, effective July 30. Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, is specifically identified as a substantial or high transmission area.
The HIMSS21 “campus” includes events at the newly expanded Wynn Meeting Space, Venetian-Sands Expo Center and the newly built Caesars Forum Conference Center.
Proof of vaccination: HIMSS will offer HIMSS21 attendees three options to demonstrate that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine, which is required to collect their conference credential and enter the conference venue.
One option is to install the Clear Health Pass app and link them to your vaccine provider’s records or upload a copy of a CDC-issued vaccination card. A second option is to book an appointment with a vaccination concierge service to check on vaccination status and then receive a verification card by email to print or display on a mobile device. A third option is to bring the paper or digital vaccination records to the conference and have them reviewed on site at a vaccination verification center.
Attendees must also bring proof of vaccine validation, along with identification, to a registration area for credential collection.
HIMSS produced a Video providing an overview of the options to satisfy the right of entry requirement.
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Other health and safety protocols: All major venues within the HIMSS21 campus use hospital grade (or better) air ventilation systems as well as GS neutral disinfectant cleaners in all high touch areas.
Socially distanced seating options will be provided at all venues, including all educational sessions and networking events. The showroom will include wider aisles on the floor with separate stalls.
Attendees, exhibitors, and staff must complete an on-site certification confirming compliance with all health and safety protocols. On-site COVID-19 testing will be available.
“HIMSS is monitoring the evolution of the public health guidance regarding large meeting settings and will continue to provide updates and additional guidance. HIMSS continues to ask all HIMSS attendees, exhibitors, and staff to follow all applicable regulations and make decisions. informed about travel, on-site and outside involvement, “the organization said on its website.
Showroom hours: The exhibitor floor will be open from 9:30 am to 6 pm on Tuesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 11, and from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Thursday, August 12.
Specialty programs: Accelerate health, the HIMSS Innovation Center, is a two-day healthcare innovation forum that examines unconventional ideas, technologies and investments that are making waves in traditional care delivery systems, according to HIMSS. The forum takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the conference.
Keynotes to view: As the opening speech, scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 9, Hal Wolf, HIMSS President and CEO, will moderate a panel of leading health experts who will discuss population health challenges as a result of the pandemic.
Cybersecurity will be front and center for the keynote address on Tuesday morning at 8:30 am. A panel of experts, including Admiral Mike Rodgers, former director of the National Security Agency under President Obama, will discuss the cybersecurity challenges Health organizations face today.
Highlighting innovation, the keynote address on Wednesday, August 11 at 8:30 am will feature 15-year-old innovator Gitanjali Rao, who has developed innovative technological solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, including access to safe water and early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction. Rao invented the Kindly app, which uses artificial intelligence to detect and prevent cyberbullying and protect students.
Thursday at 8:30 am, actor Rainn Wilson He will talk about the digital entertainment company he co-founded, called SoulPancake, which aims to uplift and entertain and now has four million cross-platform fans.
In Friday morning, Former Governors Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) will share the stage for a fireside with a discussion on the pandemic, health policy development, infrastructure revitalization and other pressing issues facing United States in 2021.
Baseball player and businessman Alex Rodríguez wants close HIMSS21 to discuss his successes on and off the baseball field at 1:15 pm.