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I hate to date myself, but in 2007, I had my first meeting with a CIO. Over the past 17 years, you might say I have witnessed quite a bit of evolution in our healthcare IT industry. Out of necessity and in an effort to transform the way care is delivered in our nation over the past two decades, we have witnessed great technological advancements.  From the electronic health record boom starting in 2009 to today’s advancements in artificial intelligence, automation, continued cyber challenges and so much more.

Another significant transformation that I have seen in our industry is the rise of the role of women who serve in leadership. Today, we celebrate over 30% of CIO roles held in healthcare IT by women. Which is wonderful statistic from where we started. Yet, we still have a way to go in effort to be reflective our nation’s population.

Today, we see great efforts to introduce many young girls into STEM programs at an early age, addressing historical bias about girls’ ability to be successful in Math and Science. We now understand that when more women are empowered to lead, everyone benefits. Decades of studies show women leaders help increase productivity, enhance collaboration, inspire organizational dedication, and, most importantly, improve fairness.

In some markets, the workplace needs to change fundamentally, to be more supportive of women. However, in our Healthcare Technology Industry, it’s my opinion that there has been marked progress in the identification of the leadership potential of women. Today we can even see men in power serving as allies through formal mentoring and succession programs.

Recently, as a country, it can certainly feel like we are going backward as a society. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade and the current battle for our reproductive rights. I think what we’re witnessing is the dying gasps of misogyny and sexism, as much of our nation still holds an outdated view of the role of women in our society. I believe that as we see more women lean into roles traditionally held by men both in society and in business, we should certainly expect to feel a backlash from a small population (loud as they might be) of men trying to push us back into submission.

As women, we must continue to fight for our voices to be heard, our presence to be recognized, and not only to earn our seat at the table but to keep it.

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Denise Egan

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