Friday, December 12, 2014

Women in Healthcare IT

When it comes to attaining IT leadership positions, women have come a long way — but there’s still a ways to go. According to a recent study in the Journal of Healthcare Management, women make up 74 percent of the healthcare workforce, but are only represented by 24 percent of the senior executive team. It’s a statistic that comes of no surprise to our panelists — Mary Alice Annecharico, Bobbie Byrne, MD, Jane Loveless, and Sue Schade — four influential leaders who have defied the odds and, in doing so, serve as role models for young women and men who aspire to become leaders in the field. In this four-part series, the four CIOs share their thoughts on the barriers that still exist for women — and how they can be overcome; why mentoring is so critical; the many benefits of women’s professional networks; and how technology can be leveraged to improve work-life balance. They also speak about their own career paths, the tough choices they’ve had to make, and the power of self-confidence.

Mary Alice Annecharico, SVP/CIO, Henry Ford Health System
Bobbie Byrne, MD, System VP & CIO, Edward Elmhurst Healthcare

Jane Loveless, VP/CIO, Grand View Hospital
Sue Schade, CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Women, in general are making some strides in breaking the "glass ceiling" In general  women are becoming more prominent in medicine, than previously.  In 1968 when  I graduated from medical school there were only 8 females in a class of 108. Today most schools enroll close to 40-50% of the class with women.

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