VITAL

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about changes related to the cancellation and move to a virtual event.

  • Why did you make VITAL2020 a virtual event?
  • How will the virtual event differ from in-person VITAL2020?
  • How do I access all of conference content, both during and after the event?
  • When will times and schedules for all sessions be announced?
  • Will you still present Gage Awards?
  • How much time should I expect to be online during the event days?
Why did you make VITAL2020 a virtual event?
The likelihood COVID-19 would remain a public health threat well into the summer, as well as the time and travel constraints our attendees face as front-line providers, led to the difficult decision to cancel the June conference planned for Chicago. But we did not waver in our commitment to member education, and a virtual event offers the best opportunity to meet that mission.
How will the virtual event differ from in-person VITAL2020?
Virtual VITAL2020 will recreate much of the content from the in-person event and provide valuable additional benefits. First, we will present sessions individually, rather than concurrently, so attendees will not need to forgo a session of interest to view another. Further, all content will be recorded and presented on-demand after the conference, creating another opportunity to see sessions you missed. Virtual VITAL2020 also will leverage the digital environment to include more multimedia content and give attendees more tools to find and network with others who share their interests. 
How do I access all of conference content, both during and after the event?
Attendees will be able to view conference content live Aug. 11-13 and Aug. 18-20 and on demand for one year after the event. Registration provides access to all breakout and general sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, networking spaces with fellow professionals, and additional conference resources.
When will times and schedules for all sessions be announced?
We will update the agenda with a detailed schedule of events no later than July 1 and notify all association members once it becomes available.
Will you still present Gage Awards?
Yes, we will present Gage Awards this year, and we are working with our Quality and Population Health Improvement category winners and honorable mention recipients to develop a dynamic online awards program. We also are exploring opportunities for in-person recognition of our 2020 Gage winners at a later date, when it is again safe to hold face-to-face events. 
How much time should I expect to be online during the event days?
Although VITAL2020 will be scheduled for about four hours each day of the event, you can set your own schedule, secure in the knowledge that you can watch any education sessions you miss on demand later.

  • When and how can I access the virtual conference?
  • What if I don’t receive the link?
  • Can I share this link with others?
  • How long will on-demand content be available?
  • Do I have to watch the conference from the same device used to register?
  • Can I connect with other attendees?
  • Whom can I contact with questions?
When and how can I access the virtual conference?

About a week or two before the Aug. 11 start of VITAL2020, registered attendees will receive a link by email to the virtual platform. The link, which will be sent to the email address used to register, will give you access to conference content during the event and on demand afterward.

What if I don’t receive the link?
Contact events@essentialhospitals.org or click the “help?” button on this site, and a member of the America’s Essential Hospitals meetings and events team will provide you with a link.
Can I share this link with others?
Just like an in-person meeting, registrations cannot be shared. The registration provides a secure, single–sign on experience for the registered attendee.
How long will on-demand content be available?
On demand content will be available to registered attendees for one year after Virtual VITAL2020.
Do I have to watch the conference from the same device used to register?
No. You can view the conference on any device, but you must sign in using your registered email address. Make sure the person in charge of registering provides individual emails, so every attendee can sign in using the required single sign-on credentials.
Can I connect with other attendees?
There will be opportunities to engage in networking breaks following education sessions, as well as topical roundtables and spontaneous, live one-on-one chat meetings with peers on the live days of the conference.
Whom can I contact with questions?

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