Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS

HIMMS North America, Executive Vice President

Carla Smith is Executive Vice President of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Within HIMSS, Smith leads HIMSS’s North American business unit.  In this capacity, Smith leverages her extensive experience in nonprofit management to ensure HIMSS’s ability to achieve its mission and maintain its financial health, primarily within the United States and Canada. Smith has 27 years of experience in the information technology field, two-thirds of it focused on healthcare. She champions transformational ideas that positively affect the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness of, and access to, health and healthcare.  In addition to her responsibilities at HIMSS, Smith holds an appointment to CMS’s Outreach and Education Federal Advisory Committee, serves on the Boards of Directors for both National Stroke Association and the Commission for the Accreditation of Health Management Education, and as an advisor to the University of Michigan’s Health Informatics and Learning Health System programs.  Before joining HIMSS in 2001, Ms. Smith served for seven years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Healthcare Information Management (CHIM), and worked on IT-related initiatives within the manufacturing and banking industries. 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.

  • Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University -
  • CNM, Non-Profit Management
  • Eastern Michigan University - MA, Communications
  • Adrian College - BA, English



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