Make Plans to Attend the
12th International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare

This educational activity is your opportunity to learn insights on the latest science and best practices, understand innovations in the safety of health care providers and patients, sharpen the focus of HF/E initiatives, and improve your regulatory approaches. Grow your professional network by connecting with human factors experts, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, biomedical engineers, health care providers, FDA representatives, patient safety researchers, and more! Dedicated networking events will provide the opportunity to connect with your peers facing similar challenges, exchange best practices, and share ideas you can implement at your own institution when you return home. 

Dates:

Sunday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Location:

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Orlando, Florida

 

Symposium  Environment

HFES is committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment free of discrimination, hostility, and harassment, in any form, for everyone.   As a professional society, HFES is strongly committed to diversity, equity, professional expression of ideas, and the ethical treatment of all members and meeting participants.  HFES is committed to emphasizing and enforcing the Society's values and firm belief in the value of civil discourse, even during critical examination and critique of ideas.  We value and aim to advance the free exploration of competing ideas and concepts – with a fundamental respect for the rights, dignity, and value of all persons.   And we aim to promote the shared responsibility to establish, maintain, and protect such an environment for the benefit of all.

Health and Safety

HFES is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, HFES staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for the meeting.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our meetings and symposia regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local of the event and the current status in the United States. We will continually monitor the CDC and the Orlando Department of Health regarding communicable diseases. HFES reserves the right to update, reverse, or otherwise modify our requirements related to attendance at the symposium.

COVID-19 Vaccination:

In keeping with the Society’s duty of care and responsibility as host, HFES leadership strongly encourages all participants at our meetings and symposia, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff member, guest, or vendor to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.   The CDC updated their Vaccines website to indicate the status of "Fully Vaccinated" and "Up to Date".  

  • "Full vaccination" means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dosed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. 
     

  • "Up to Date" means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
     

We strongly encourage all attendees who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 booster in addition to being fully vaccinated. 
 

HFES strongly encourages individuals to be tested for COVID prior to traveling to any HFES event. Individuals who test positive should stay home and cancel their registration. 
 

Masks:

The city of Orlando, Florida has lifted its indoor mask mandate and the CDC has published a new guidance on the Use and Care of Masks.  Masks are not mandated in indoor settings, including the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.  Wearing a mask at the HFES Health Care Symposium is a personal choice and those who choose to mask should feel supported and comfortable doing so.  All attendees should be mindful and respectful of other attendees' health choices.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to provide the safest environment for our educational activities.

 
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