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David  Cowan

David Cowan
Senior Research Scientist

Phone: 404-385-8190
Fax: 404-385-7452
Location: 828 West Peachtree Street, NW - Room 209E
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David has twenty six years of experience in healthcare planning and management. He is currently serving as Program Director of the Health Systems Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Program Director he plans and organizes industry sponsored Graduate Research Assistantships for each of the Masters Students. He is an integral part of the Executive leadership of the Health Systems Institute.

He maintains an active healthcare consulting practice as President of Management Systems Consultants. This firm serves a variety of Healthcare clients in the areas of healthcare information technology, facilities planning, financial turnarounds, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he served as Vice President, Performance Improvement with VHA for four years, leading Performance Improvement efforts for 54 Georgia Hospitals and Executive Director of Satisquest, a patient satisfaction survey and consulting company.

He has been involved with the Georgia Tech Health Systems program for 24 years, sponsoring over 20 graduate research assistantships and frequently guest lecturing in the graduate courses. He was Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Health Systems Program helping to raise over $700,000 to establish a Health Systems professorship. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in the School of Industrial Engineering in 2001.

David was the founding President of the Georgia Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in 1984. He is a Fellow in HIMSS and has served as the Chairman of its National Conference. He is also a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and currently serves on the national board of the its Society for Health Systems.

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