David  Collins,  MHA,CPHQ,CPHIMS,FHIMSS

Senior Director
Health Information Systems

David A. Collins, MHA, CPHQ, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, is Senior Director, Health Information Systems, for 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.

He currently serves as Senior Director, HIMSS mHealth Community, working to convene, educate, and engage the mobile ecosystem.   In this role, Collins creates mHealth educational resources and provides analysis to proposed legislation.  He has also led educational programming for the mHealth Summit (Washington, DC), the inaugural mHealth Forum AsiaPac (Singapore), and the inaugural mHealth Summit Europe (Berlin).

In his first year with HIMSS, he served as staff liaison for the Physicians Adopting Computer Technology (PACT) conferences; served as staff liaison to the HIMSS Katrina Phoenix project (an effort to rebuild decimated physician practices in the Gulf Coast from paper to digital); and published the 1st Responder Task Force whitepaper (bridging interoperability efforts between emergency responders and inpatient healthcare providers).

In his five years as staff liaison to the HIMSS Davies Awards program, Collins attended more than 30 site visits across the four award categories of Organizational, Ambulatory, Public Health, and Community Health Organizations with Committee members to determine award status recognizing patient care efficiencies achieved through seamless integration of health IT across the continuum of care.  David successfully launched the fourth Davies Award tract at HIMSS08 (Feb 2008) for Community Health Organizations.  He co-authored three chapters in the October 2010 Davies book "Go-Live: Smart Strategies from Davies Award-Winning Implementations”:  Chapters 5, 9 and 11 (Business Case for EHR; Value and Outcomes; and The Future).

In the role of staff liaison to the HIMSS Patient Safety & Quality Outcomes Committee, Collins oversaw the value and impact of HIT on patient safety and quality, launching the HIMSS Stories of Success! Program (highlighting case studies of the use of health IT to fulfill national patient safety goals and priorities), and launching the HIMSS Quality 101 website (a resource to understand quality and quality measures related to health IT).

As Senior Director, Professional Development, he had strategic oversight of HIMSS Annual Conference planning and HIMSS specialty programming.  In this role, Collins had the opportunity to leverage his experience and understanding of the healthcare industry to lead development of essential educational programming to provide the latest insights to those in today’s dynamic healthcare industry.

Prior to HIMSS, Collins served the Virginia Chapter of HIMSS for five years (President in 2003).  David was project manager for the Doctor’s Office Quality-Information Technology (DOQ-IT) project at Virginia’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in Glen Allen, Virginia, from 2001-2005. Other employment has included Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Accenture Consulting, and VCU Health System/Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. 

Collins is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Master of Health Administration program (MHA).  Prior to his MHA, David served seven years as an advanced life support provider for EMS and in the emergency department setting. In 2003, David attained the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) designation.  In 2004, David served as U.S. Senate Productivity Quality Award (SPQA) Examiner in Virginia.  In 2006, David attained the Certified Professional Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) designation. In 2008, David advanced his membership status in HIMSS to that of Fellow. He served three years as a judge for the Virginia Healthcare Innovation Award (2011, 2012, 2013).  Collins served as an Examiner for the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Performance Excellence Program.