Nominations close on Oct. 17 at 11:59 p.m. CDT for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards. The awards, established in 2016, honor female visionaries who have used the power of IT to transform health and healthcare. Online nominations and applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges that will select the first year’s recipients. Nominations must include two letters of recommendation, a resume/CV, and a 1,500 word write-up of the nominee.
“The HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards program is unique, in that it is inclusive of all women of influence, no matter where they are in their career,” said Diane M. Carr, MA, FHIMSS, healthcare executive and educator, and Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards panel judge. “These awards will recognize women who have improved health and healthcare through the best use of health IT, and bring to light the importance of eliminating the gender pay gap in the field of health IT.”
In a September blog post, Carr noted that “findings of the HIMSS Longitudinal Gender Compensation Assessment report take direct aim at the claim that, in health IT, ‘You've come a long way.’” She suggests four guidelines in her post to achieve gender equity in the workplace.
This perspective continues with an online review, by Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS, of the inequities in salary between men and women in health IT. Smith leads the Women in Health IT initiative at HIMSS.
“Women make up 47% of the US workforce,” said Smith in her blog series on the gender pay gap. “According to the Pew Research Center’s assessment of the 2010 census, 40% of US households with children under the age of 18 are provided for solely or mainly by a woman’s earnings. That $273,748 in potential lost compensation is real money that affects real families. This is an economic issue for our society to continue working toward redressing.”
Nominate an influential woman in health IT: The nominations for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards close on Oct. 17, so there is still time to nominate women who qualify for this award. Nominations must include two letters of recommendation, a resume/CV, and a 1,500 word write-up of the nominee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Award winners will be honored during HIMSS17 at a Women in Health IT Networking Reception on Monday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 pm EDT, at Blue Martini Lounge at Pointe Orlando, and during an awards dinner at 7:30 pm EDT at Itta Bena at Pointe Orlando.
PODCAST: Learn more about the HIMSS Women in Health IT initiative. Listen to the STEPS to Value Podcast, episode 22, “HIMSS August Update: Women in HIT & LTPAC Trends,” during which Carla Smith, executive vice president, HIMSS; and Lorren Pettit, vice president, market research, HIMSS North America, discuss the HIMSS Women in Health IT initiative.
HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.