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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Meet the Most Influential Women in Health IT

Get inspired by the inaugural recipients of the HIMSS’s Most Influential Women in Health IT Award. This panel of distinguished women will share their journeys of transformational change and innovation in the health sector. They have shown that one can be influential at any career stage and across the healthcare trajectory, from nursing, to government, to business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how these leaders solve problems, share ideas, and engage with their community
  • Explore how they transformed from mentees to mentors and leaders in the field
  • Examine the improvements the panelists made to interoperability, care delivery, public policy, and health information technology education


Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President, HIMSS North America


Shareefa Alabdulmunem, MSc, CPHIMS, Head of eServices, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia

Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA, CEO/President/Managing Director, Omni Micro Systems und Omni Med Solutions GmbH (Germany), Omni Micro / Omni Med Solutions, Inc. (US)

Christina Caraballo, MBA, Senior Healthcare Strategist, Get Real Health

Karen Guice, MD, MPP, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, US Department of Defense

Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine

View archives of our webinar series on the Women in Health IT Channel in the HIMSS Learning Center where we 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 Events

SIM Women Leadership Summit

May 4, 2017 | The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL

Join us in this encouraging environment to network with peers and identify solutions to today's business challenges. Our focus areas are: Deliberate Leadership, Career Development & Advancement, Mentorship, and STEM.

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Northern California Chapter - Women in Healthcare IT Event - Path to Success

May 19, 2017 | Presidio Golden Gate Club, San Francisco, CA

The event will be headlined by some of healthcare IT's top women including political advisors, journalists, C-level executives and technologists. There will be no-holds barred discussions about achieving success as women in HIT. These leaders will share their first-hand experiences and will be available for consultation and Q&A in small group table discussions.

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Medical Device Security in the Age of the "Internet of Things"

In this episode of Code Red, we discuss the impact that connected health will have on medical device security with HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee member Cathy Petrozinno, Principal, Cybersecurity Partnerships and Information Privacy at MITRE Corporation.

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Health IT Public Policy: A Participatory Sport, Part 3 - Advocacy

In today's episode and the final part of our three-part series on healthcare and public policy, we will study the impact advocacy can have on the policy-making process with Leslie Bruce, Director, Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach at UC San Diego Extension. Leslie also shares about her experiences mentoring future Health IT leaders as part of our Women in HIT series.

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Health IT Public Policy: A Participatory Sport, Part 2 - Public Health

In today's episode, part two of this three-part series, we will gain an insider's view on the give-and-take between policy and public health with Nedra Garrett, Senior Advisor for Informatics at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nedra also shares her experiences as an Informaticist as part of our Women in HIT series.

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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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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.


HIMSS's Most Influential Women in Health IT Are Most Impressive

Announcing the seven recipients of the inaugural Most Influential Women in Health IT Award

Women in Health Tech: Promoting a culture of equality

How one organization ensures equal opportunties for advancement

#WomenInHIT: Four Steps to Achieve Gender Equity 

To significantly improve quality and outcomes in healthcare, we must eliminate gender-based disparities.

#WomenInHIT: “Going for the Gold” 

When powerful women help and support women everyone wins! Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison...it makes you look better. 

The Gender Pay Gap in Health IT Is Real 

Our findings show that, on average, women health IT workers have consistently been paid less than their male peers.  Moreover, the evidence suggests the gap between male and female compensation rates has widened in the past decade.

Why Gender-Based Pay Gaps Exist

A highlight of the challenges (and opportunities) ahead in our journey toward pay equity.


HIMSS Women in Health IT Roundtable partners with collaborating organizations to offer opportunities to engage, empower, and collaborate with women making a difference in health IT.

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Join the Conversation

Catch up on what influential and engaged women in health IT are up to  – visit the Women in Health IT page in Healthcare IT News or opt-in to the free monthly e-newsletter.


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

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