Female health IT leaders to know

Technology is a crucial part of hospitals and health systems across the U.S.

It is used by clinicians during medical procedures, plays an increasing role in the patient financial experience, and helps document care to ensure appropriate payment for services.

At these organizations, as well as health IT vendors, there are women who have expertise in various technology areas, including EHRs, analytics and telemedicine.

Here, we highlight female leaders dedicated to health IT.


Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Leaders are presented in alphabetical order.

For questions or comments, contact Kelly Gooch at kgooch@beckershealthcare.com


Laura Adams. President and CEO of Rhode Island Quality Institute. Ms. Adams helms the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and healthcare. Under her leadership, the institute has won several  major HITECH health IT grants and a national 2018 Healthcare Informatics Innovation Award for work related to the opioid epidemic. Ms. Adams' health IT experience is vast,  including participating on ONC's HIT Policy Committee's governance panel for the Nationwide Health Information Network and the HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Group. She currently serves as co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine's Health Data Trust Initiative.  


Robin Adams. Vice President of Business Development at Urac. Ms. Adams brings more than 20 years of experience in pediatric academic and community-based health systems to Urac. Before joining Urac, she worked at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., where she played a key role in the population health-based strategy supporting the development of the system's regional outpatient center strategy. She also was chief growth officer at Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System.


Lisa Archer. Senior Vice President of People and Culture at American Well. Ms. Archer joined health IT provider American Well as the senior vice president of people and culture in March 2017. Most recently, she was Dynatrace's chief human resources officer, where she was an executive leader. At Dynatrace, Ms. Archer built a global human resources team responsible for supporting 1,800 employees. Before joining Dynatrace, she held executive human resources roles at Microsoft, EMC and Parametric Technology Corp. At American Well, Ms. Archer plays a key role in human resources strategy in support of the organization's overall business plan and  direction. She also offers guidance in talent acquisition, leadership development, succession planning and total rewards.

Recent Posts

See All

Manage Like Ulysses S. Grant - not Robert E. Lee

One of U.S. Grant's underappreciated skills that catapulted him from a nobody to supreme commander of the federal army was his penchant for specific commands documented with unmistakable written langu