HIMSS registration nears 30,000

Some new statistics from HIMSS are out this morning:

From the press release:

More than 29,000 healthcare industry experts are expected to attend HIMSS11 and learn about the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.

  • The number of registrants from hospitals and health networks has increased by approximately 28% from 2010.
  • Total professional registration is outpacing 2010 registration by approximately 30%.

More than 900 exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups – showcasing their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches in over 380,000 square feet of exhibit space.

So, we’re looking at record attendance that may in fact top 30,000 by the time the actual conference rolls around in late February. For the record, I booked about three weeks ago and was able to find a round-trip flight from Chicago to Orlando for less than $300 and a decent hotel room with free breakfast and Wi-Fi (pre-requisites for me) 0.6 miles from the convention center for less than $100 a night. I wonder what kinds of deals are still available? I stayed at the Caribe Royale for a previous HIMSS in Orlando. It’s a nice place, but the 6-mile trip on the conference shuttle buses took as long as 45 minutes during peak times. You don’t want that.