Highlights from the Most Powerful Women In Healthcare IT

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  • May 18 2017, 7:20am EDT

Top women leaders in HIT honored in Boston

Health Data Management held its second annual event honoring the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT on Wednesday, May 17 in Boston. The program recognizes top contributors to health information technology in three categories—healthcare IT executives and CIOs; thought leaders; and HIT vendor executives. Here are some of the activities that took place at the event.

Networking opportunities

Attendees were able to share thoughts and ideas about the state of the industry during morning and afternoon breaks, as well as during a network lunch.

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Presentation by experts

Suzy Grizancic, a principal for the consulting firm of EY, provided introductory remarks as well as introduced sessions and keynote presenters, who included keynoter Katie Stebbins, Massachusetts’ assistant secretary of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

Audience involvement

“Who here is a patient?” asks Katie Stebbins, Massachusetts’ assistant secretary of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, during the keynote session on Wednesday morning. Stebbins urged attendees to use their influential roles to make significant improvements in care for patients.

Advice on career options

HIT executives need to be attuned to potential career opportunities that may fit their life situations and aspirations, said Donna Roach, CIO at Via Christi Health.

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Sessions on innovation

Maxine Mackintosh, founding director of One HealthTech, leans forward during a panel discussion on digital technologies during the morning of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT Conference in Boston.

Incisive question and answer sessions

Kim Bond Evans, CEO of Seremedi, poses a question to a panel after a discussion of disruptive digital technologies and how they might affect healthcare delivery.

Pointed question on emerging technologies

Lindy Benton, president and CEO of Vyne, discusses the inherent pressures of emerging technology encountering firmly entrenched HIT systems and implications for healthcare organizations.

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HIT exec role in encouraging diversity

Maia Hightower, MD, chief medical information officer at University of Iowa Health Care, provided a model approach detailing how HIT executives can encourage diversity through strategic use of multi-disciplinary teams.

Awards ceremony

Pat Skarulis, senior vice president of information systems and CIO at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was one of the many honorees recognized for her long influential career in healthcare information technology. HDM selected 75 honorees as this year's class of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT.

Advice on encouraging assertiveness

Women in leadership positions must be decisive in mentoring other females who have leadership potential, says Gail Babes, senior manager at EY. That includes exemplifying ways in which up-and-coming leaders need to find a career path and pursue it purposefully.