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
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.