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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A physician's story: A clinician’s career transition from bedside to boardroom

June 26, 2017 | 11:00am – 12:00 pm CST

Women in Health IT share stories of how they changed their career path, expanded their skillset to make an impact, and transformed what it means to be a physician across the healthcare continuum. As leaders in the field, these women share their unique perspectives on healthcare policy, clinical experience, transitioning to executive work, and taking advantage of new learning opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what inspired these physicians to make a change in their career path
  • Determine your potential impact outside the clinical setting
  • Explore the balance between patient care, medicine science, and the healthcare administration


  • Dr. Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, Chief Healthcare & Innovation Officer, Femwell Group Health, Inc.
  • Dr. Milisa Rizer, MD, MPH, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, Chief Medical Information Officer, The Ohio State, University Wexner Medical Center
  • Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, MD, MBA, FAAP, FHIMSS, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Professor of Pediatrics, UK College of Medicine

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Maximizing Minority Voices of Women in Health IT

August 22, 2017 | 10:00am – 11:00 am CST

Panelists discuss the barriers they have overcome and share best practices to lead an inclusive and diverse workforce. Hear how minority women leaders in the health sector achieve their goals despite workforce disparities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine practical approaches to attract, recruit, and retain a diverse workforce
  • Explore issues facing minority women at work and how to solve them
  • Identify what steps can be taken to build an inclusive organization

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Nurturing the Future: Women Leaders on the Road to Advancements

September 20, 2017 | 11:00am – 12:00 pm CST

Perceptive women leaders who are advancing through the ranks recognize the power of sponsorship, the importance of inclusiveness, and the avoidance of unconscious bias. While recognizing these characteristics can be viewed as both an art and a science, our presenters will share their personal stories of their leadership journey to include barriers encountered and accelerators for advancement. In this interactive presentation, you, the attendee will be challenged to ask the question “What are you doing (or will you do) to foster growth as an emerging leader?”

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss best practices for identifying and nurturing emerging leaders
  • Outline the differences between sponsors, mentors and coaches and “why” all are important
  • Define unconscious bias and the negative impact to nurturing emerging leaders
  • Discuss strategies that support and move women leaders forward in an organization

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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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Driving Health IT Value Across the Globe

Rachelle Blake discusses the value of engagement with the complexities of this glorious system we call life, and of the systems we have built to sustain it.

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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.


Making My Mark as a Nurse Outside the Bedside Setting
“Don’t you like nursing?” I got this question often from other nurses when I was working as an inpatient RN and had recently dropped to part time to take an internship in Health IT.

The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT for 2017
Congratulations to Carla Smith - Named as one of the top 75 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT

Success is About Scaling the Wall in Front of You
How one of hte Most Influential Women in Health IT Recipient's tackles obstacles

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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