LAS VEGAS, NV | FEBRUARY 29, 2016
HIMSS, the global voice and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of information technology, has announced the unveiling of its inaugural Annual Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards, a first-of-its-kind awards program recognizing influential women at all stages of their career progressions.
HIMSS’ Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards ceremony – which kicks off Fall 2016 – is part of a new HIMSS initiative dedicated to addressing the gender gap in health IT and the need for more recognition of women sector-wide. Unlike other award programs, the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards features a judging panel of top female leaders who will define the nomination criteria across several different categories, and select awardees.
"HIMSS is committed to empowering and advancing high-performing professionals in our mission to improve health through the best use of IT. We’ve made it a priority to provide community, resources and recognition to women who have made – and continue to make – significant contributions to the field,” said Carla Smith, Executive Vice President of HIMSS. “Our inaugural Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards, which celebrates those female visionaries harnessing the power of IT to transform health and healthcare, is unique among power lists and award programs; it’s inclusive of all women of influence, no matter where they may be in the health IT field.”
HIMSS’ 2016 Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards judges:
After surveying over 20,000 women in 2015 about the current state of women’s professional needs in health IT, HIMSS identified a need for expanded recognition of women sector-wide. Some 83 percent of respondents said there remains insufficient recognition of women executives in health IT, and an overwhelming 85 percent would find value in a resource recognizing contributions of women.
That’s why, in addition to the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards – and our long-established events dedicated to women in the field – HIMSS has also introduced several new initiatives honoring the contributions women have made in health IT, and is committed to adding gender-focused resources for networking, mentoring and career advancement.
HIMSS 2016 initiatives for women include: