David E. Garets, FHIMSS, is a semi-retired advisor to corporations and health systems, including as Senior Advisor to The Advisory Board Company’s Health Care IT Suite programs and Principal at Mountain Summit Advisors, providing M&A, recapitalization/financing, and consulting services to private healthcare IT firms. He’s also an advisor and chair of the Executive Advisory Board for SCI Solutions.
Previously, he served as president and CEO of HIMSS Analytics, Executive Vice President of HIMSS and has held executive positions at Healthlink, Inc., Gartner, Inc., and as an experienced healthcare CIO. Mr. Garets is a HIMSS Fellow and served as HIMSS board chair in 2004. He sits on the governing boards of Health Care DataWorks and the PeaceHealth Northwest Network.
He served on the faculties of the CHIME Information Management Executive courses for 11 years and was a Charter Member of CHIME. He is an internationally known author and speaker on healthcare information strategies and technologies and in 2011 was elected to the HIMSS 50-in-50, the 50 most memorable contributors to healthcare IT in the last 50 years. Mr. Garets is the co-creator of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model, the international de facto standard for measuring the progress towards a full electronic medical record. Mr. Garets earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Tech University.