The healthcare industry is in the midst of a massive, fast-moving transformation, not only in terms of information technology but also the fundamentals of medicine-how and why care is delivered, and how caregivers are compensated for providing that care.

Executive technology leadership is not for the faint of heart. HIT leaders are being asked to head up risky and expensive overhauls of their IT infrastructures as well as efforts to wed new clinical processes and workflows with new software.

Luckily for the male-dominated technology industry, more women are stepping up to take executive leadership roles and bridge the gaps between the clinical, financial and IT camps. The recipients of HDM's inaugural Women in Healthcare IT awards have taken different paths to leadership positions, but have this is common: They immersed themselves in the mission of healthcare, and they took risks at many points in their careers.

Click here for the stories of our award winners.

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