HRS 2021: President Fred Kusumoto on what to expect from the first hybrid meeting


Fred Kusumoto (Jacksonville, USA), current president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), sits down with Cardiac Rhythm News to discuss the upcoming Heart Rhythm 2021 meeting which, for the first time, will be a hybrid event consisting of both a virtual component as well as an in-person meeting in Boston, USA from July 28—31.

Kusumoto talks about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the “most important thing that we have learnt is that we are all really connected”. As the world becomes increasingly more so, “I believe that good ideas will spread even faster”, he adds.

There are some “amazing things” that should excite HRS 2021 attendees, says Kusumoto, including an exchange of “new ideas and paradigm shifts”. There is a focus on how digital technology “changes the way we deliver care”, the “usual incredible science” in the form of more than 1,000 abstracts, as well as the most current data from late-breaking trials such as EAST-AF and CABANA.

“It is exciting that we can finally come together again and exchange ideas and best practices, take these back to our home institutions, our home states, our home countries, to then deliver the best of care”, concludes Kusumoto.


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