Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM

HIMSS 2020 Vision: The Future of Health IT
Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM
Executive Vice President, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Speaking Time:  8:30am-9:05am, 18-Feb-17 (Saturday)
Speaking Location:  Ballrom-D

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, leaders must understand how a multidisciplinary approach is required to not only thrive but even survive. Health IT remains a core foundational piece in reforming our healthcare system.  In particular, health IT tools are critical for improving patient safety and outcomes, increasing access, and greater success in value-based care delivery, quality reporting initiatives, as well as in opportunities to test new, innovative models of care. Carla Smith, HIMSS Executive Vice President, will share insight on the future of health IT and the role that HIMSS plays.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the health IT imperative
  • Identify trends impacting healthcare
  • Define efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology

Carla Smith is Executive Vice President of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology.  HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using IT.

Smith leads HIMSS’s North American business unit.  In this capacity, Smith leverages her extensive experience in nonprofit management to achieve HIMSS’s mission and maintain its financial health, primarily within the United States and Canada.

Smith has 30 years of experience in the information technology field, two-thirds of it focused on healthcare. She champions transformational innovations in the health sector, ensuring the right information is available to the right people at the right time to make the right health- and care-related decisions.

In addition to her responsibilities at HIMSS, Smith holds an appointment to CMS’s Outreach and Education Federal Advisory Committee, Chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Center for Health Innovation, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Stroke Association, serves as an advisor to the University of Michigan’s Health Informatics and Learning Health System programs, and is a publicly-elected official for the Village of Barton Hills, Michigan.

Before joining HIMSS in 2001, Ms. Smith served for seven years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Healthcare Information Management (CHIM). Prior to entering the health sector, Ms. Smith focused on IT-related innovations within the manufacturing and banking sectors. She holds a Master’s degree, and has earned a Nonprofit Management Certification from Case Western Reserve University, and as well as her HIMSS Fellow status.