Session ID: 

Building Capacity Through Diversity in Health IT Education

7:30pm - 8:30pm Thursday, March 8
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
Galileo 904


Discover how you can help your organization develop, strengthen and diversify its health IT workforce through inclusionary practices, interdisciplinary skill assessment and building, and continuous educational analysis/improvement processes. Based on a HIMSS African-American SIG survey conducted in 2017, health IT professionals have responded that education, whether from a small community college, large university, or historically black college and university plays a large role in the ability of an individual to be successful in one’s career. Pursuing continuing education, certification or even on-the-job training can have a significant impact on career success. Ensuring diverse professionals are educated and appropriately skilled, finding the right candidate, and preparing yourself/staff members for job progression through tools, technology and resources, especially geared towards heightening a diverse workforce, are all topics we will explore in this dynamic and interactive session.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Apply lessons learned from the HIMSS AA survey targeted towards health IT professionals that will also enhance diversity in the workplace setting for health IT professionals in the areas of certification, mentoring and continuing education
  • Explain how you can benefit from diversity tools and resources to educate yourself and others, and move forward to build capacity in your organization through proactive health information and technology utilizing a network of resources, industry connections, and support partners
  • Identify 3 programs to develop the skills of health IT professionals, strengthen and diversify the health IT workforce through inclusionary practices, and encouraging the spread of health IT leading to an increase in healthcare access, system improvement, and enhancing a diverse health IT workforce
  • Discuss education and engagement techniques for a diverse health IT community through low-cost, low-bandwidth, interactive technologies and applications, so that health IT professionals can reach targeted communities and at-risk health populations
  • Identify two educational or other resources or tools, which provide an alternative to traditional face-to-face encounters and increase patient engagement, that can be used to connect underserved communities to interdisciplinary staff and other social needs determinants that decrease barriers to care


Founder, CEO and Managing Director,
Omni Micro/Omni Med Solutions
Continuing Education Credits: 


Academics (professors/students)
Early Careerist Professional
Government or Public Policy Professional