Inspired by Scientists
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. He takes the reader on a journey through the world of science–from the smallest organisms to the grandness of the universe. 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 in a lab. Instead, he discovered that they were actually very passionate people with a unique perspective. 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 believe that the women in the room are also worth listening to.
Healthcare belongs to everyone. Still, women play a critical role as the primary decision-makers, or “Chief Medical Officers” for their families, self, and as caregivers. Women 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–medical assistants, nurses, practice administrators, doctors, consultants–who see the underbelly of it all. They live through the unending changes to healthcare laws, insurance reimbursements, technology upgrades, and 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 created this space to listen and learn from female voices that influence every aspect of our complicated healthcare system. We’re excited to hear what they have to share!