Reversing a 2009 decision, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced it would again incorporate Chicago into its rotating list of annual conference locations. The HIMSS conference will take place at Chicago's McCormick Place in 2015 and in 2019, according to a news release from the organization.
HIMSS conference to return to Chicago
In 2009, HIMSS chose Las Vegas over Chicago as the site for its 2012 conference, a widely publicized decision that the organization attributed to high costs. But after the Illinois Legislature enacted new laws last year that are more favorable to trade shows, HIMSS decided to return.
"Chicago is a leader in medical technology and for HIMSS, our attendees and our exhibitors, an excellent and accessible place to do business," Stephen Lieber, HIMSS' president and CEO, said in the release. "We are pleased to be back in Chicago, now one of the cities and the Midwest location in our conference rotation. With the changes now in place, we look forward to HIMSS15 and HIMSS19 here in Chicago."
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was present at a news conference announcing HIMSS' return. HIMSS is the first major group to recommit to Chicago following a round of reforms meant to win back trade-show business for the city. The organization's annual conference attracts more than 27,000 attendees and generates $33.6 million in direct spending, according to HIMSS.
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