The face of health IT is changing. What used to be an industry where men held most of the executive positions, women are breaking through that glass ceiling and taking seats at the leadership table.
Come March, tens of thousands of women will be in Las Vegas to attend HIMSS 2016.
However, despite the progress women have made in the industry, there's still an undercurrent of sexism.
At a recent congressional hearing focusing on electronic health record interoperability--or lack, thereof--between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said to officials from both agencies that after nearly two decades of failed efforts to play nicely together, and billions of dollars spent, perhaps it's time to punish noncompliance of federal requests. In theory, that idea makes sense. But it will be difficult to achieve.
Listening back to testimony delivered by Intel's Eric Dishman and others last week at a Senate committee hearing on improving consumer access to electronic health records, it's clear that the Office of the National Coordinator's decision to focus more on the patient in its updated federal health IT strategy is the right one.
For many patients, access and affordability often are the most important determinants as to where, when and how they will receive care. To that end, CVS Health's status as a disruptor in the healthcare industry continues to grow.