HIMSS 2010 Attendance Numbers

Posted on March 21, 2010 I Written By

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I always find the attendance numbers for a conference interesting. Ok, I pretty much find any statistics interesting. Just ask me about the statistics for my various websites and I can tell you them up and down. I’m a stats addict.

So, it seems fitting that I share the HIMSS attendance stats:
Registration: 27,855, compared to 27,627 at HIMSS09, healthcare industry experts learning about the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.

  • Professional registration outpaced 2009 by 8.5% with 13,846, compared to 12,766 in 2009, registrants in this category
  • Nearly 30% of those registering come from healthcare provider settings
  • 11% of registrants are CIO and CTOs; nearly 10% are CEOs
  • Almost 8% are from countries outside of the United States

Here’s a nice graph of the numbers comparing HIMSS 2009 and HIMSS 2010:

Total registration 27,855 27,627
Professional registration 13,846 12,766
Exhibiting companies 934 907
Number of new exhibitors 289 256
Square feet for exhibits 391,560 375,840
HIMSS10 Interoperability Showcase HIMSS10 HIMSS09
Total Participants 84 72
Number of unique systems 96 60

It really is quite amazing that the attendance at this conference was up despite this current economic recessions we’re experiencing. I guess government money will bring people out of the wood works.

I wish that they would have shared percentage of clinical staff that attended. Yes, I’m talking about doctors, nurses, practice managers, etc. I actually saw quite a few in the sessions that were targeted at them. However, those sessions were generally poorly attended compared to many of the other sessions about policy or stimulus money.

Also, if you look at the CEO, CIO and CTO’s that attended the percentages break out to about 6000 people. I wish I knew how many CEO, CIO and CTO’s there are in the healthcare space so I knew if 6000 was a large percentage or small. I also wish they would have broken out the CEO, CIO and CTO’s and told us how many hospital ones were at the show. I could have easily put down CEO of EMR and HIPAA, but that’s not the same as the CEO of a hospital. I think I know which one is better.