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2017 Women in Technology - Dallas
Barbara Adams, MSHI, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics program, has been named a Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Technology Award winner.

Adams, the CIO of Cornerstone Healthcare Group’s IT and PMO departments, told the DBJ that working in healthcare IT is her “true passion” because you can directly impact patient care by your efforts in driving “change and adoption.”

In her profile, titled “How Cornerstone Healthcare CIO found her ‘true passion,’” Adams goes on to talk about contributions to her own company that met “front end patient care needs while consolidating our financial system” as well as the top roadblock to success for women in the tech industry.

“Lack of visible female mentors and role models in technology.” Adams told the DBJ. “When you’re a female in a male-dominated industry, you can fall into a trap and think your struggles are unique. When you hear other females share their challenges and advice, it empowers you to know you are not alone and you can pursue your technology career dreams.”

Click here to read her entire DBJ Q&A.

“Barbara embodies more of what is needed from women in technology – mentorship, role modeling, and a high degree of understanding,” said Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., director, UAB School of Health Professions’ Graduate Programs in Health Informatics. “These attributes from professionals such as Barbara are what will encourage younger females to enter healthcare technology and become successful.”

This is the fourth year the DBJ has delivered Women in Technology Awards. Each year they honor women in the North Texas area who either head an established or startup tech company; hold a leading technological or scientific role in a tech company; or maintain a leadership position in an IT or technology research department of a non-technology organization.

The UAB MSHI program is part of the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics located in the Department of Health Services Administration. They offer a Master’s degree with two track options: Data Analytics and User Experience. They also offer a four-course Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics that is 100 percent online.