Be the Change, Safely, Together: UPDATE on Health and Safety Plans for HIMSS21

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After a long year-plus apart, we are excited to make HIMSS21 a meaningful and overdue reunion for the global health ecosystem, our friends and colleagues.

HIMSS takes the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors and staff seriously. We understand that these are unprecedented times, and we are conducting the detailed and comprehensive planning required to safely and responsibly host an in-person event in Las Vegas in August 2021. 

In planning for HIMSS21, we embrace our core values in an effort to lead the HIMSS community back to a place of reunion and belonging. To support this effort, HIMSS has retained an expert External Advisory Panel to assist in overall health and safety planning for the event. Our external resources bring unique expertise and experience in navigating the challenges we are facing, and we are excited about these partnerships. We are engaging in a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to our planning efforts and — in true-to-HIMSS fashion — we will be evaluating how incorporating digital health care tools can help us gather together again safely.

Keeping Our Community Informed: HIMSS will continue to release additional details on our health and safety plan for all attendees, exhibitors and staff. Our goal is to create clear, simple guidance for everyone joining us in Las Vegas. As our conference policies and protocols evolve between now and August, HIMSS is committed to communicating regularly to ensure all attendees, exhibitors and staff are well-informed and prepared for a successful HIMSS21 Global Conference. 

Current status: HIMSS21 protocols will meet or exceed all applicable requirements for health and safety. Additionally, we will draw from local, national and other relevant guidelines including, but not limited to Clark County, State of Nevada, Venetian Sands Expo Resort, CDC, WHO and other events, to design a set of practices that are intended to keep our community safe. In conjunction with our External Advisory Panel, we are working hard to produce more detailed guidance on our policies around onsite health and safety measures in the coming weeks.

We do know that HIMSS21 will include new and familiar in-person programming as well as innovative digital programs. On the health and safety front, this year there will be differences in the physical layout and experience; these changes will be in place for the safety of you, your peers, our staff and our community. We look forward to keeping you prepared, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, know we are working hard to keep you and those around you safe when we reunite in August.

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