Hightower named one of the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT

Information technology (IT) may not seem the most obvious career choice for a physician with a passion for primary care and global health, but Maia Hightower, MD, MBA, MPH, believes the emerging field of health care IT will ultimately provide the tools to bring quality health care to millions of underserved people around the globe.

Hightower, who became chief medical information officer for University of Iowa Health Care in 2015, was recently honored for her expertise and leadership in health care IT. She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT by Health Data Management at the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT conference May 17 in Boston. Of the 75 female IT executives so honored, Hightower was among 35 women to receive the award in the category of Chief Information Officers/IT leaders. She also delivered a presentation, The Diversity Algorithm: How to Boost Team Innovation in the Era of Big Data, at the conference.

Read the Loop's Q&A with Dr. Hightower.