Notable Women in Health IT

Too often, I’m forced to use the pronoun “he” when discussing the luminaries of health IT.  Certainly, that’s partly because health IT is a boy-geek world, but we mustn’t forget the female powerhouses in the biz.

For example, here’s some samples from a list of 12 HIT women you should know, courtesy of

  • Judith Faulkner:  Love her or hate her (and experienced readers know where I stand!) Faulkner is perhaps the most powerful woman in health IT — maybe in health IT period!   Between 1979 and today, she’s built a company which stands like a Colossus astride hospital IT, and you’ve gotta admit, that’s one hell of an accomplishment.
  •  Halle Tecco:  Tecco is co-founder of Rock  Health, a seed-stage business accelerator focused on health startups. As if the buzz factor alone wasn’t enough to earn her a spot — Rock Health is cooler than Elvis these days — she’s managed to draw funding from Microsoft, Qualcomm, Quest Diagnostics and Genentech, a quatra-fecta cutting across enterprise IT, wireless, clinical reference labs and biotech.
  • Tiffany Crenshaw:  Crenshaw, president and CEO of health IT recruiting firm Intellect Resources, is not just any smile and dial recruiter.  She created a new event called Big Break, a one-day audition process allowing hospitals to hire a 200+ person training and go-live team in just one day. Now that’s a turnaround.

To catch the other nine, which include everyone’s favorite HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius, visit the site here.

By the way, if I had made the list, I would have included any of the female senior leaders from big, bad health information network Availity;  Mary Pat Whaley, leader of Manage My Practice; and just about any of the CIOs  or CNIOs of five+ hospital IDNs. It’s categories like these where I expect to see real growth, especially the CNIO/VP of nursing informatics slot.

What do you think?

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.