This week, International Women’s Day was celebrated across the globe. From all walks of life women shared stories about how they are changing the world, and within health IT, there was much to be celebrated. HIMSS recently announced their first-ever Most Influential Women in Health IT Award at a round-table among CEO’s, CIO’s and M.D.’s. In the state of Louisiana, which is traditionally at the bottom of healthcare rankings, female health IT leaders were the center of a well-attended reception where success stories in patient engagement were shared. Continue reading this week’s Health IT News Roundup for other stories about how women continue to change the world of health IT.
Awards Announced for the Most Influential Women in Health IT
In typical ground-breaking fashion, HIMSS recently announced their inaugural Annual Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards, an awards program designed to recognize influential women at all stages of their career. The roundtable this year included the seven recipients of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award, as well as the judges for the initiative. As Healthcare IT News reported, women saw the distinction as not only an honor but also a call to action as work to close the gender pay gap continues. Continue reading to find out more about the inaugural award and see who the winners are.
Louisiana Women in Healthcare Shine at National IT Conference
This week, the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS hosted a well-attended reception with several female executives represented on the agenda at HIMSS 2017. Jamie Martin, marketing and communications manager of the Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum and Nadine Robin, the former Health IT Program Director, led a session at HIMSS entitled: The Patient’s Perspective on Patient Engagement: Louisiana One Year Later. The program’s purpose was to increase patient engagement with health technology and has already earned a 28 percent spike in the number of Louisianans tapping health technologies to better manage their health. Continue reading for more about how these female leaders are shaping health IT.
Thoughts on Leadership from Women in Healthcare
When asked what advice Sally Poblete, founder and CEO of Wellthie had to share with healthcare leaders, she said, “In healthcare and technology — where the percentage of women in leadership roles is extraordinarily low — advancing the careers of other females in the industry through mentorship and advocacy has been a very rewarding endeavor. Our younger generation needs to be encouraged to take risks, embrace change, project confidence and get their strong voices heard. And it’s imperative we encourage more diversity and provide more opportunities for women to succeed.” Several other women, including doctors and professors also had advice to share about healthcare leadership. Find out what they had to say here.