Why does the HIT Like a Girl podcast focus on women guests?

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The inspiration came from Bill Bryson, author of many eloquent travelogues. One of my favorites is his nonfiction book titled, A Short History of Nearly Everything, where he takes the reader on a journey through the world of science–from the smallest organisms to the grandness of the universe. And in it are the results of his interviews with archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians in an attempt to confront and understand how we as humans came to be.

Before the author got into this project, he assumed that scientists were awkward, introverted people, who liked being locked away in a lab. But what he discovered was that they were actually very passionate people with a unique perspective, who never really got asked about their work. Turns out, when you ask a scientist about their discoveries, they have a LOT to say and are eager to share.

We have a feeling the same is true about women in health IT.

It’s no secret that there are more important leadership roles filled by men named John than all women combined. We’ve attended enough health conferences with men-only panels (aka manels) and we’ve heard plenty of man-splaining in our time… in fact, we’ve even got a favorite man-splainer joke:

Where does the man-splainer get his water? From a well, actually.

Look, we love the men. We just also believe that the women in the room are also worth listening to.

Healthcare belongs to everyone, but women play a critical role as the primary decision-makers, or “Chief Medical Officers” for their families, others they care for, and themselves. It’s the women who are deciding which medicines their family take, which health treatments to follow, which doctors to see, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

And it’s the women inside the healthcare system as well–the medical assistants, nurses, practice administrators, doctors, consultants–who see the underbelly of it all. They live through the constant changes to healthcare laws and insurance reimbursements, the technology upgrades, the patient experience. What we’re trying to say is, women know some things.

We’ve waited for our invitation to sit at the men’s table, but it has yet to arrive. So, we’re creating this space to listen and learn from the female voices that influence every aspect of our complicated healthcare system. We’re excited to hear what they have to share!


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