Author Archives: Carla M Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS

About Carla M Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS

Carla M Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS , is HIMSS Executive Vice President.

Health IT Contributes to a Prosperous Economy

HIMSS is excited to see President Obama using the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, home to our HIMSS Innovation Center, as the site of his speech on jobs and the economy.  A prosperous economy, like the one President … Continue reading

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Applause and Appreciation for Engineers at the IHE NA Connectathon 2015

For the first time in several years, I attended the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2015.  What an enriching experience to be in the same room with nearly 600 dedicated engineers from more than 100 organizations making their IT systems … Continue reading

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2015 – The Year Ahead for Health IT

As the new year begins, here are my insights on what to expect in the evolution of health IT. Telemedicine/telehealth:  When it comes to providers making decisions about using telehealth technologies, technology is not the limiting factor.  Payment and policy … Continue reading

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Long-time HIMSS Volunteer Passes Away

We are sorry to note the passing of long-time HIMSS volunteer, Robin Raiford, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS.  She was a Senior Research Director at The Advisory Board Company’s Health Care IT Advisor.

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JASON: Creating an Open, Interoperable Health Data Infrastructure

Last summer, the JASON Advisory Panel held a summer study session on health information exchange (HIE). The JASON is an independent group of scientists that advises the US government on science and technology. Over the years of the JASON’s existence, … Continue reading

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What a Difference Volunteers Make

Every day, I see how HIMSS volunteers make a positive and remarkable difference in improving health with IT. Now, during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, I extend my thanks and appreciation for their contributions.  Let me tell you more.

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Welcome to HIMSS14 – Our Journey to Better Health Starts Here

The 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition opens today with our pre-conference symposia and workshops. In fact, the Orange County Convention Center here in Orlando has been buzzing for at least a week as we prepare for our more than 38,000 attendees … Continue reading

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Interoperability Made Real – in 2014

by Carla M Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS Over the past 15 years, HIMSS has been a powerful supporter of interoperable health systems.  With RSNA, HIMSS partnered to stand-up and support an initiative called IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise).  And, a couple of … Continue reading

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Inside the HIMSS Innovation Center – Testing the Tools of Patient Data Exchange

HIMSS’s Innovation Center validates the interoperability of health information. We created a year-round, 24/7 facility where stakeholders can validate IT products’ ability to safely and securely exchange health information, educate all stakeholders on what they need to know about the use … Continue reading

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Embracing the power of Health IT to Improve the Quality of Healthcare

In response to the growing realization of the value of health IT, HIMSS has created the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and the HIMSS Innovation Center, to provide stakeholders with tools and resources to explore and advance the value of … Continue reading

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