A HIMSS Event | SANTA CLARA, CA | SEPT. 16-18, 2019

September 16-18, 2019 | Santa Clara, CA

Women in Health IT Connecting at HIMSS19

By Heather Munro, freelance writer focusing on emerging technology.

These are historic times for women, who following the midterm elections, now make up nearly a quarter of Congress’ voting membership. And while a record number of women—102 to be exact— are serving in the House of Representatives, that’s still only 23.4% of the chamber’s voting members.

Unfortunately, that abysmal statistic is only too familiar to female executives and entrepreneurs, particularly in Health IT, where only 17% of funded digital health companies have women on the executive team.

Rock Health, the first venture fund dedicated to Digital Health, reports that the number of women in healthcare leadership is growing, albeit slowly. In 2018, women made up 12.2% of digital health VC partners (up from 10.9% in 2017) and 10.2% digital health startup CEOs (up from 9.7% in 2017).

With an abundance of research suggesting that female leadership actually increases ROI and the bottom line within organizations, HIMSS is committed to providing more community, resources and recognition of women making a difference in healthcare.

Take a look at what we’ve got planned next month for HIMSS19:

Women Presenters at Health 2.0 VentureConnect

Women make up half of the speakers and presenters at this one-day forum bringing together the biggest players in health tech investing and the most promising disruptive technologies. In addition to talks on strategic investing and healthtech investment trends, attendees get front-row seats to a rapid-fire pitch competition for vetted Series A health tech companies.

Keynote Speaker: Premier's Susan DeVore

Hear from an industry-leading thinker who has been named one of Top 25 Women in Healthcare. The President and CEO of Premier Inc—a performance improvement company that works with hospitals, providers and healthcare systems—Susan DeVore is also a regular expert contributor to CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Health Affairs and other industry thought leadership publications. In her keynote address called Healing from Within: Leading Change, Inspiring Action, she’ll cover how to drive increasing levels of savings and while improving outcomes.

Women in Interoperability

Meet with HIMSS’ Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards awardees and interoperability trailblazers at this moderated roundtable discussing the technical side of the healthcare infrastructure equation—and how interoperability initiatives will benefit from a more diversified workforce.

Women in Health IT Networking Reception

Engage with the industry’s most powerful women innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs transforming healthcare through technology today. At this after-hours event, you can share ideas with women who are entrepreneurs in Health IT and get tips on breaking through the glass ceiling.

#WomeninHIT Mentor Meetup
Find a mentor to help you address gender-related challenges, job-specific issues and career planning during this daytime event. Discuss how to change the scales to #BalanceforBetter with innovative female leaders in Health IT from Topline MD Health Alliance, Sharp Index, Think-Health and Carium.

Remember, HIMSS19 takes place in Orlando next month, February 11-15. Register today and we’ll save you a spot!


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