Author: Eloise Young
Since the 1990’s women in healthcare have increased in their numbers, allowing them and society to look towards an industry of equality. Many of these women have been taking on lending roles such as presidents and CEOs in companies and are the central voices and faces of healthcare, and healthcare IT initiatives.
Not only do women in health IT bring intuitive and differing minds to developing projects and systems within organizations- they bring hope and inspiration to women all around the globe who aspire to be a part of this growing industry. As dominate figures of companies in the healthcare sector, women are now strong influencers and guiders to new beneficial discoveries and technology breakthroughs in today’s healthcare. Through women obtaining primary roles within leading healthcare companies, they are showing how women are involved, driving ideas and leading the IT movements. It also shows that we as a global society are making steps to achieving gender balance in the dominating companies that strongly influence the public. Although the healthcare industry and the many various industries of our world are not quite there yet in terms of gender equality, there is still room for hope. This hope is due to the women taking on leading roles in both organizations and IT research groups. They represent to society that the world is not what it was before; the assigned roles of the past will remain in the past because of the confidence and empowerment that these women project.
By women working in health IT organization teams, it enables them to be a part of the production of healthcare and to have the opportunities to help develop the way healthcare technology works. The women in the teams, research groups and all the diverse roles within the health industry represent how women are now a part of the problem solving and development. This not only produces a better, well rounded research team, it allows women to put their diligence and skills to practice and be a part of the growth, discoveries and evolution of today’s health IT corporations.
With women in all the areas of healthcare technology it is opening up a bigger scope of thinking as it allows more minds, and more perspectives to analyze the problem and develop the solution. In the words of Alan Mulally “leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.” By both women and men working together in such an important and dominant global industry, it is allowing all kinds of various ways of thinking to solve problems and realize finer details that may have been overlooked with only limited perspectives. It is therefore crucial that equality is encouraged so that all possibilities can be brought to the drawing board. By doing so, it allows companies, organizations and greater industries as a whole to thrive and benefit everyone on our planet, for a better, more effective healthcare.
Though there is a lot more work needed to close the gap and prejudice on gender roles in healthcare, it is safe to say that the gap is closing. Although women in this industry and all industries still feel masculine dominance, they need to remember that the situation is changing, and take pride in the fact that it is because of them that equality is now obtainable in the near future.