Women in Health IT Roundtable

In our mission to improve health through the best use of IT, HIMSS is committed to advancing the careers of high-performing professionals. Join us in addressing the gender gap in health IT, and the need for more community, resources and recognition of women who have made a difference sector-wide. Engage with your peers and take the next step to further your career while connecting with and empowering women in health IT.

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Upcoming Webinars

Take part in bimonthly webinars, including:

Critical Success Factors for Building a Professionally Mature Health IT Team​
Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

Speaker: Karen Marie Wilding, Director, IS&T Operations, University of Maryland Medical System, Member of Maryland Chapter of HIMSS

Summary Description: Resources are almost always the single largest investment for any organization.  Healthcare focused IT departments demand a specialized skillset that is not ready-made; it takes non-traditional programming, community partners and an engaged leadership team to develop a comprehensive workforce development plan. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the current state of staffing in the health IT industry
  2. Discuss ways to build a professional mature team
  3. Review the components of a workforce development plan

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January Webinar

Speaker: Sue Schade, MBA, LCHIME, FCHIME, FHIMSS, Founding Advisor, Next Wave Health Advisors, Interim Chief Information Officer, University Hospitals

Topic: Encouring women to go into STEM fields and how to retain women in technology roles

New Research

Longitudinal Gender Compensation Assessment

Leveraging nine years of data (2006 to 2015) from the biennial HIMSS Compensation survey reveals that on average, female HIT workers in the United States have consistently been paid less than their male peers.


STEPS to Value Episode: The Value of Health IT Policy

In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore the impact that governmental policy has on the health information technology industry with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Acting Assistant Secretary and the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. DeSalvo also shares her own personal story and advice for women considering a career in the STEM fields as part of HIMSS’ Women in Health IT Initiative. 

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STEPS to Value Episode: HIMSS August Update-Women in Health IT & LTPAC Trends 

In this episode, we find out more about the HIMSS Women in Health IT initiatives from Carla Smith, EVP at HIMSS and gain a perspective on trends in the long-term, post-acute care (LTPAC) marketplace from Lorren Pettit, VP, HIS at HIMSS.

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Please email Carrie Subelsky  to join the Women in Health IT Roundtable or for more information.