Information technology executives in healthcare can influence innovation within their organizations by drawing upon diverse individuals to bring new perspectives to solving complex vexing issues.

In many cases, that’s easier said than done, says Maia Hightower, MD, chief medical information officer at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Many hierarchies in healthcare organizations are dominated by males, such as hospital executives and physician leadership, and women and people of color are often under-represented.

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