RSNA confirms annual meeting will return in-person to Chicago

The Radiological Society of North America has reaffirmed its commitment to holding this year’s annual meeting in person at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the organization announced Monday.

“We have heard from many of our regular attendees and exhibitors that they are excited and ready to get back to Chicago for the RSNA meeting, and we look forward to welcoming them,” RSNA President Mary C. Mahoney, MD, said in a statement. “We are planning a robust in-person scientific assembly and technical exhibition, along with a virtual meeting component to enhance attendees’ meeting experience.”

The organization indicated the health and safety of its attendees, exhibitors and staff is its “primary consideration." RSNA noted its working with the City of Chicago and McCormick Place to implement health protocols and best practices. It did not indicate if proof of vaccination will be a requirement.

After holding last year’s annual meeting entirely online, RSNA said in December that it was moving ahead with an in-person meeting for its 2021 conference, Medscape first reported.

And the world’s leading medical imaging conference is on track to take place Nov. 28 to December 2, 2021, at McCormick Place. Those who cannot make the face-to-face gathering can access 100% of eligible meeting content virtually, RSNA said in its announcement.

Registration opens July 21st and will be free to members through Oct. 1.

HIMSS takes “vaccination required” approach

Today’s news comes on the heels of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announcing all of its attendees, exhibitors, and staff must be vaccinated to attend its summer meeting, taking place August 9-13 in Las Vegas, according to information posted to its health and safety hub.

The group’s “vaccination required” approach will require proof of vaccination. HIMSS said it’s currently looking at validation solutions that focus on accessible, privacy-preserving technologies, according to its website.

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