Deadline extended for Fierce Healthcare's 2022 Women of Influence nominations

Editor's Note: The nomination period has closed. Thank you for your submissions!

COVID-19 continues to change everything, and this is especially impacting women in healthcare.

Even before the pandemic's impacts were felt, women in the industry were making less than men and were taking on more responsibilities at home. They were also less likely than men to ascend the professional or corporate ladder.

There have been fewer medical studies submitted by women as well, recent studies show.

But for the healthcare industry to weather the storm, all of its best and brightest will need to pitch in. That's why we're looking to highlight 10 women who are leading the charge in transforming the way we do business.

Our most recent honorees include Amy Bricker, who leads one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the country at Express Scripts, and Heather Fernandez, who founded her company Solv to improve the patient experience.

Opella Ernest, M.D., chief operating officer at Health Care Service Corporation, is taking on affordability and access in a top role at one of the nation's largest Blues insurers.

We are seeking leaders from across the industry who have made a measurable impact in healthcare over the past year and who have proven they are paving a new path forward for both men and women in the industry. And this is where you come in.

Submit your nominations for women who truly channel innovation, passion, ingenuity and leadership and who are driving real change in healthcare. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 16, and winners will be announced this fall.

— Paige Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare senior editor