Joy Rios

Joy Rios

Founder, Host - Like a Girl Media

Joy Rios, MBA, stands as a distinguished Health IT strategist and a recognized expert in value-based care payment models. Celebrated for her pioneering spirit, Joy was awarded the 2023 HIMSS Changemaker of the Year award for her significant contributions to women in health IT, underscoring her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare sector.


She is the founder and host of the HIT Like a Girl podcast and Like a Girl Media, which evolved into a national community in the US dedicated to elevating diverse voices and advancing DEI initiatives within healthcare. Her expertise not only bridges gaps between health and technology but also champions the creation of equitable healthcare environments.


Related Episodes
Data-Driven Healthcare: Transforming Cancer Care

Data-Driven Healthcare: Transforming Cancer Care

In this episode, Joy Rios delves into a profound discussion with Carolyn Starrett, CEO of Flatiron Health, unveiling the intricate puzzle of healthcare and the pivotal role of data in transforming cancer patient care. Carolyn shares insights on Flatiron Health's mission to improve and extend lives by leveraging real-world patient data to drive advancements in clinical treatment decisions and thera...

Healthcare Horizons: Innovating for Impact

Healthcare Horizons: Innovating for Impact

In this episode, Joy Rios welcomes Britteny Matero, Vice President at Innsena, a women-owned consultancy specializing in healthcare technology. Britteny shares her passion for maternal health and discusses the impactful work of Innsena in the healthcare space, focusing on improving patient outcomes and supporting the healthcare ecosystem. The conversation delves into the challenges of the healthca...

Safe Haven: Innovating Healthcare Security and Efficiency

Safe Haven: Innovating Healthcare Security and Efficiency

In this episode, Joy Rios sits down with Rhonda Collins, a seasoned clinical informatics nurse, now with Kontakt.io, focusing on revolutionizing healthcare safety and efficiency. Delving into the pressing issue of workplace violence and stress faced by healthcare professionals, Rhonda sheds light on Kontakt's innovative solutions, including precise location tracking and duress buttons, aimed at en...

Bridging the Gender Gap: The Importance of Men Advocating for Gender Equity

Bridging the Gender Gap: The Importance of Men Advocating for Gender Equity

In this episode of the Joy Rios welcomes Brad Johnson, and David Smith, authors of, "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women" and "Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace," highlighting the importance of male engagement in promoting gender diversity and inclusion. They discuss their work on gender equity in the workplace, driven by personal motivations and ext...

Beyond the Stethoscope: Navigating Regulations and Technology

Beyond the Stethoscope: Navigating Regulations and Technology

In this episode, Joy Rios delves into the intricate world of healthcare with guest Aja Hardy, a seasoned professional with a diverse background in software development, marketing, and regulatory affairs for medical devices. Aja shares her unconventional journey, from initially aiming to become a doctor to finding her niche in the healthcare industry through opportunities like the American Hospital...

Embrace Every Body: Uniting for Systemic Equity

Embrace Every Body: Uniting for Systemic Equity

In this episode, Joy Rios interviews Cate Navarrete, the founder and executive director of the Body Positive Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting body positivity and systemic equity for all bodies. Cate discusses the growth and impact of the organization, highlighting the challenges of retention and engagement within the chapters. She emphasizes the importance of knowledge and...

Empowering Healthcare: A Dive into Clinical Decision Support

Empowering Healthcare: A Dive into Clinical Decision Support

In this episode, Joy welcomes Julie Frey from Wolters Kluwer Health, who heads the Provider product division. They explore Wolters Kluwer's role in healthcare, focusing on clinical decision support tools like UpToDate, which provide clinicians with timely and accurate information at the point of care. Julie highlights the company's mission to alleviate clinician burnout by empowering them with eff...

Techquity Series: Transforming Communities Through Data-Driven Efforts

Techquity Series: Transforming Communities Through Data-Driven Efforts

In the final episode of the Techquity Series, Luis Belen and Tracy Wang delve into the realm of health equity and technology, showcasing the transformative power of data-driven initiatives. Tracy Wang, Director of Digital Solutions at Elevance Health, shares insights into a groundbreaking project aimed at addressing health disparities through innovative data visualization and analytics. The conver...

Techquity Series: Voices Unleashed

Techquity Series: Voices Unleashed

In the fourth episode of the Techquity series on the HIT Like a Girl podcast, guest host Tanisha Hill, the founder of the Digital Health for Equitable Health Alliance, leads a compelling discussion with Rachel Starnes and Kylie Kalik from WillowTree, introducing their groundbreaking project, Vocable AAC. This innovative app aims to empower non-verbal individuals to communicate effectively using fa...

Techquity Series: Cultural Perspectives in Health Tech

Techquity Series: Cultural Perspectives in Health Tech

In the third installment of the Techquity Series, HIT Like a Girl podcast, Chrissy Kuahine, Director of Clinical and Patient Informatics at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and Dr. Michael Penn, discuss Chrissy's project addressing digital literacy among elderly native Hawaiians. They explore the use of digital navigators to facilitate technology engagement and the incorporation of n...

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