Your Editor has been offline since Monday to this afternoon (EDT) due to a Fios network outage, not a health outage due to COVID-19. Since last week and the HIMSS20 cancellation, major conference and meeting cancellations and reschedulings are multiplying like fig buttercups in the spring. And yes, WHO has declared it a pandemic as Italy closes down and the US bans travel and even trade from Europe for the next 30 days, but not the UK. (There are additional relief measures including a requested payroll tax reduction, tax deferrals and assistance to small businesses. Many schools and businesses are going remote and long-term care residences, a nexus of infection, are being strongly encouraged to defer non-medically necessary visitors.)
Below are some of the majors and of interest to Readers in the digital health area. Most are the largest conferences with international attendees:
- Naidex and its eight co-located conferences in Birmingham 17-18 March are postponed until later in the year. The exact date will be revealed on Monday 16 March. Additional information. Hat tip to Adrian Scaife in Comments
- SXSW (South By Southwest), the multi-culti conference/lollapalooza/festival starting this Friday (13 Mar) that attracts a lot of health tech honchos in a spring break mode, was canceled by the city of Austin for public health reasons. The announcement message states that the organizers are going to explore rescheduling and virtual events. No refunds, folks, but you can defer up to 2023. If you thought HIMSS was big, the estimated financial hit to Austin is over $350 million.
- The European Patient Experience & Innovation Congress (EPIC) in Dubrovnik, originally 19-21 March [TTA 16 Jan], is postponed indefinitely.
- HITLAB’s [TTA 27 Feb] Women’s Health Tech Challenge is still on track for 16 April in San Francisco and 4 June in NYC (application here). However the staff are working remotely as of 10 March. Updates via Twitter at @HITLABnyc.
- The NAACOS (National Association of Accountable Care Organizations) conference in Baltimore 1-3 April as of 10 March is ‘evaluating its options’ and will notify registered attendees by email. (Providers in ACOs increasingly use telehealth for their patients as CMS and the states have broadened reimbursement.)
Additional updates 13 March
- Aging2.0 Global Innovation Showcase (GIS) and Innovation Expo, Austin TX 15 March–canceled
- Aging 2.0 Buenos Aires Gerotecnología 18 March–cancelado
- Aging 2.0 London Collective Intelligence Workshop: Active Aging half-day 3 April–still on
- Health Experience Design Conference (HXD2020) on 14-15 April is fully virtual and half price
- Aging 2.0 Europe VOLTAGE Rovinj, Croatia, 15-16 April — canceled
- What’s Next Longevity and Business Summit (the former Boomer Summit still organized by Mary Furlong), postponed, moved from Atlanta to Berkeley CA and combined with the What’s Next Business & Venture Summit 24-25 June
Running lists are up at Forbes (including sporting events such as the NBA, Broadway, and every major St Patrick’s Day parade; happily the NY International Auto Show is moved to 28 August) and MedPage Today. Healthcare IT News has a list of government and academic information resources led by the CDC, the WHO, and the NHS. We’ll repeat the NHS pages from our earlier article:
The UK Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England has provided the following links to coronavirus guidance (hat tip to DOHSC via LinkedIn):