HIT Like a Girl

HIT Like a Girl

Amplifying the voices and achievements of women in Health IT

From Jamaica to Nursing Leadership: A Journey of Compassion and Innovation

In this episode Joy welcomes Latoya O'Gere, the director at Optum Advisory and a nurse executive with extensive experience in nursing practice and leadership. Latoya shares her inspiring journey, from growing up in Jamaica assisting her diabetic grandmother to becoming a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse, and eventually a doctorate scholar. She discusses the distinction between clinical nursing and nursing executive roles, highlighting how nursing leadership involves making policies and decisions that impact patient care and the business aspect of nursing. Latoya's passion for transforming healthcare is evident as she shares her involvement in the American Nurses Association's innovation advisory committee and her experience in setting up isolation hotel programs during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a safe and innovative solution for patients and relieve the burden on hospitals.
September 26, 2023

Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare: A Deep Dive into HLTH’s Evolution and Vision

In this episode Joy talks with the top women in HLTH to discuss the inception and evolution of the HLTH event since its launch in 2018, emphasizing its mission to bring together various healthcare stakeholders and foster disruptive innovation. The episode also highlights how HLTH ensures its content and activities resonate with a diverse audience, offering tailored attendee journeys. It anticipates that Generative AI and large language models will be a key focus at the upcoming event, addressing applications, regulations, and biases. The discussion underscores the interplay between innovation and traditional healthcare systems and emphasizes the success of programs like the hosted buyer and funding founders programs in promoting innovation in healthcare.
September 19, 2023

Navigating Reproductive Healthcare with AI

In this episode Joy welcomes Yael Kfir, Chief Strategy Officer at Fairtility. Yael discusses how Fairtility, an Israeli medtech company, employs AI decision support tools to revolutionize the field of reproductive healthcare. Yael's expertise in strategy and marketing is integral to shaping the company's vision in an era marked by an aging population and declining birth rates. She shares insights into how AI, much like GPS navigation apps, utilizes vast data to offer embryologists real-time insights on embryo quality, greatly enhancing the efficiency and success of IVF procedures. This enlightening conversation reveals the transformative power of AI in the complex landscape of healthcare.
September 12, 2023

Transforming Healthcare: From Nurse to Data Analytics Leader

In this episode, Joy is joined by Nora Lissy, VP of Healthcare Consulting and Implementation at Dimensional Insight, a software analytics company. From her nursing origins at Catholic University to operational management in analytics, Nora's adaptability bridges the gap between operational, financial, and IT domains, rendering her invaluable to global hospitals. The heart of the conversation revolves around Dimensional Insight's software. The software's initial application to administrative and staffing data optimized hospital functions, while its evolution to encompass clinical analytics revolutionized patient care, empowering nurses with comprehensive information and even fostering collaborations with pharmacists for high-risk medication management. Nora's metamorphosis from nurse to healthcare IT leader highlights the potent fusion of data analytics and healthcare as she explores the role of technology in shaping the future of healthcare operations and patient well-being.
August 29, 2023

Empowering Maternal Wellness: Redefining Prenatal and Postpartum Care

In this episode, Joy introduces Alison Greenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Ruth Health, a virtual clinic specializing in prenatal and postpartum care. Alison discusses how Ruth Health serves as a comprehensive support system, offering evidence-based resources that supplement traditional maternal care, including pelvic floor training, c-section recovery, lactation support, doula services, and educational video series. Drawing from her personal background in women's health and her mother's pioneering role as an OBGYN, Alison sheds light on the evolution of sex education and the normalization of women's health issues. She explains how Ruth Health addresses the significant prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction during and after pregnancy and offers accessible, virtual care to a wide range of individuals, both directly and through the “Ask a Doula” service. The episode explores the need for such inclusive and supportive healthcare services in the current landscape.
August 22, 2023

Unlocking Healthcare Data: Navigating HIEs, Interoperability, and Patient Privacy

In this episode, Joy sits down with Nichole Sweeney, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for CRISP Shared Services, to unravel the complexities of health information exchanges (HIEs) and the evolution of health data utilities. Nichole breaks down the significance of interoperability, highlighting how HIEs enable real-time access to crucial patient data for clinicians across different locations. The concept of health data utility, expanding beyond clinical records to encompass broader health determinants, is explored. Nichole's expertise in sensitive health information and data exchange regarding reproductive rights adds a unique layer to the conversation, discussing the implications of the HIPAA draft rule in the context of patient privacy. Tune in to gain insights into the intricate puzzle of healthcare and IT integration.
August 15, 2023
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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.


Joy Rios

Joy Rios

Joy Rios is a subject matter expert and health IT consultant focusing on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). She has authored four books on how to keep up with CMS regulations, created health IT curricula, trained hundreds of healthcare professionals through online workshops, and written content for various health IT publications. Joy has helped thousands of physicians and clinicians succeed in MIPS and value-based care.
Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts is a Health IT Strategist and policy expert with more than 15 years of experience ranging from RCM to population health. She is passionate about helping physicians and health systems pioneer meaningful pathways in value-based care that demonstrate high-quality care at moderate costs while balancing administrative and operational burden.

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