The Health Information and Management Systems Society revealed on December 20, the winners of the organization’s first HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award.
The inaugural awards program was conceived at HIMSS16 at a roundtable discussion led by HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, who gathered women in health IT across the country to discuss the gender disparities faced by women who work in healthcare technology. In part, the participants were to guage how to influence change and together begin to build a community to address issues of inequality - not only in pay, but also in opportunities to advance In their careers.
From that first meeting, the group agreed to develop a program to spotlight the many contributions women have made to the industry. The Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards were born.
A panel of judges – themselves influential women in health IT – formed and reviewed detailed nominations. From more than 140 nominations submitted, they gleaned the seven women who would recieve the inaugural Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards. Each in unique ways stand out not only for outstanding work day in and day out, but also for the vast contributions they made to their organizations, the health IT industry and to countless patients. t
The HIMSS Award recipients are:
Shareefa Al Abulmonem, head of eServices, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Marion Ball, senior advisor, IBM-Center for Computational Health
Rachelle Blake, CEO and managing director, Omni Med Solutions, Germany
Christina Caraballo, senior healthcare strategist, Get Real Health
Karen DeSalvo, MD, acting assistant secretary of health, US Department of Health and Human Services
Karen Guice, MD, acting assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, US Department of Defense
Lisa Stump, chief information officer, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine, USA
“Women have been making a difference in health IT for decades, but their accomplishments and contributions are not often visible to all of us," HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith said in a statement announcing the winners. “Recognizing these seven recipients of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award changes that scenario.”
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