Danielle Siarri - Member Profile

A leading global health technology influencer, Danielle has a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is a registered nurse with experience ranging from transplants to trauma hospital settings. In addition, Danielle previously worked as a case manager in a corporate environment.

What got you interested in a career in healthcare and in particular, health information and technology?

I was a trauma nurse who saw what was happening globally in health technology from the nursing point of view. I went back to school to receive a Master of Science in nursing informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Then, I created InnoNurse to demonstrate my level of understanding in global health tech and research.

What have been your top three motivating factors from the start of your career to now? Have they changed?  If so, how?

Shifting from the bedside to the boardroom is an arduous process. There were three top drivers that kept me on this path.

  1. A personal desire to remove the fear of health technology from peers
  2. The hunger to make healthcare technology more digestible for end-users
  3. A lack of diversity in the sector

How do you stay motivated? How do you motivate others?

Motivation comes from within and by feeding it with daily research, networking and exchanging ideas. Motivating others comes by leading yourself, volunteering for committees, teaching health IT, being active on social media and doing face-to-face events.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it? What is the current challenge you look forward to conquering?

The biggest challenge is moving from a novice to a beginner and discovering what you do not know. The push to move oneself from a beginner takes personal growth, which can be supported through research, studying or finding virtual mentors.

Conquer the concept that you have to begin at an advanced level to reach back. You can always reach back and help even if you only take one step – you have two hands to reach back to help two others along, even if it is a single step.

What stepping-stones have led to where you are and what advice do you have for others looking to follow a similar path?

Everyone has to walk their own path and technology moves so fast, it is difficult to recreate or walk another person's path. My first step was completing my undergraduate degree in nursing. A second was to travel to understand how healthcare and technology were being used in other countries. Another major stepping-stone was discovering HIMSS, and then building my network and attending graduate school for nursing informatics.

My advice to offer:

  • Advance your education and certifications to build credibility
  • Say yes to new challenges
  • Find your voice, while fearing a little less and loving yourself a little more
  • Prioritize diversity: it's important to make sure you surround yourself with individuals with the same ethics but different skill sets, points of view and outlooks

HIMSS encourages embracing and announcing achievements with confidence, what is an accomplishment you want to share with others?

  • Successfully launched the InnoNurse.info brand, which is now recognized in over 80 countries.
  • Becoming a member of the HIMSS African-American steering committee.
  • Participating as a Social Media Ambassador for multiple HIMSS enterprise conferences and events internationally
  • Speaking at local, national and international health IT events.
  • Preparing to teach at the University of New England in health IT as an adjunct professor.
  • Collaborating with a unique global health IT community of fans, followers and partners standing over 20,000 strong: especially in France, Poland, Denmark, Malta, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Canada, UK, South Africa and the U.S.

Who or what inspires you?

A diverse population of go-getters.

Who was your first mentor, and what is the best advice they gave to you?

My mother, a retired social worker from San Francisco, CA. The best advice she shared: do not do something or work for someone for 20 years unless you love it. Always travel, learn from other people and cultures. You have to put in the work behind the scenes. No one will invite you to the table so create your own table and invite like-minded individuals.

What is the one piece of practical advice you wish you’d been given when you started your career?

Learn several languages.

What do you do in your free time? Or, how do you relax?

I spend my free time walking around various countries, stopping in at local museums, listening to local music and having coffee in a new city to learn what others value.

What is your favorite app?

Everyday usage: LastPass, Skyscanner, Twitter, Instagram. Slack, LinkedIn, KeepCalling, Hopper, Anchor, Switcher Studios and Periscope.

What is your favorite song or movie?

Songs vary but styles early jazz, reggae and French hip hop (working on my French) movie-style horror, sci-fi and travel adventures.

What is your dream job?

I'm doing it and just wanting to do more of it (Nurse Informatics Specialist).

What is your guilty pleasure?

Watching tech and travel vlogs.

How has HIMSS helped you write your own health information and technology story?

HIMSS gave me an avenue to find my tribe, a platform to share my voice and framework to research.

Visit Danielle's website or find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.