Blacks In Technology

BIT-Nashville Launches Statewide Healthcare Tech Initiative

DATE: 1/12/2021


The Nashville chapter of the Blacks in Technology Foundation (BIT-Nashville) announces the launch of a statewide healthcare tech initiative aimed at providing non-profit healthcare organizations with analytics training free of charge. The initiative is sponsored by HCA Healthcare and Dell Technologies and will provide non-profit healthcare employees with training in Excel Skills, Analytics, and Data Visualization/Storytelling.

Amazon is the Title Sponsor of BIT-Nashville, which was co-organized by Holly Rachel and Lena Winfree of Rachel + Winfree Consulting in March of 2021. Since then, BIT-Nashville has partnered with multiple local non-profits, companies, and educational institutions with the purpose of increasing the diversity of the Nashville technology community. BIT-Nashville is a chapter of the Blacks In Technology Foundation, a global non-profit focused on diversity in tech.

According to Holly Rachel, BIT-Nashville co-organizer and President: “We are excited to be working with HCA Healthcare and Dell Technologies to bring this program to non-profit healthcare providers across the state! We know that Healthcare, technology, and data go hand-in hand, so this is a very fitting initiative for us to be launching.

“We’ve been working really hard since last year to make sure that the training that is being offered is relevant, effective, flexible, and yet challenging for our participants. Our non-profit healthcare providers serve our most vulnerable populations across the state, and we wanted to provide something that would be a value-add to them and could help them advance their missions. We believe providing this training is doing just that.”

Lena Winfree, BIT-Nashville co-organizer and Vice President: “We know how important it is to have healthcare workers on the front-lines being knowledgeable about data. This knowledge can very well revolutionize the process of data entry and data-driven discovery for our non-profit healthcare workers, especially as we are in a global pandemic.”

The 12-week training will be held virtually and is a mixture of self-paced and guided learning courses. BIT-Nashville has collaborated with local training partners such as Nashville Software School, LocalTek, and Next Generation Health Analytics to provide the training curriculum.

“Nashville Software School is thrilled to be working with BIT-Nashville on this new initiative,” said John Wark, Founder of Nashville Software School. “Helping our state’s non-profit healthcare providers better understand how to leverage data analytics and make better data-driven decisions is consistent with our own non-profit mission. We’re proud that BIT-Nashville asked us to partner with them on this valuable project.”

Marty Paslick, CIO of HCA Healthcare adds: “HCA Healthcare is a proud supporter of Blacks in Technology and their various efforts to connect, educate, and promote a more diversified, equitable, and inclusive technology community. This training program is an excellent example of their great work.”

Non-profit healthcare providers from all over the state have chosen to participate in the Healthcare Analytics training program. Participating non-profit healthcare providers include:

Alive Hospice

Mercy Community Healthcare

Cempa Community Care

Rural Medical Services, Inc.

Ocoee Regional Health Corporation

Lifespan Health

Cherokee Health Services

Maury Regional Medical Group

Christ Community Health Services

Hamilton County Health Department

Siloam Health

Community Health of East Tennessee

Hardeman Community Health Center

Tennessee Primary Care Association

Mountain Peoples Health Councils

BIT-Nashville represents one of over 50 chapters of the BIT Foundation. Prospective members can join their local chapter at The Blacks In Technology Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit entity of Blacks in Technology, LLC.

ENDS For media inquiries contact: Holly Rachel, President and co-organizer,

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