President, CEO, and Trustee, Altarum Institute

Linc Smith PortraitLinc Smith has served as Altarum Institute’s President and CEO since 2007. He has led the Institute’s health systems research and consulting activities since joining the organization as its Chief Operating Officer in 2001, following Altarum’s acquisition of Vector Research, Inc. (VRI). He is also President and Board Chairman of both Altarum Supporting Organization, Inc. and Altarum Asset Management, Inc., as well as Chairman & CEO of KAI, Research, Inc., and Palladian Partners, Inc.

Mr. Smith has led a complete transformation of the Institute from a defense, environment, automotive, and health portfolio to an institute strategically focused solely on health and health care. In 2005, Altarum’s health research and consulting activities were less than $15 million in annual revenue; they are now approximately $80 million. In addition, Mr. Smith has led the development of the Institute’s strategic research agenda comprising internally chartered research and development projects, “mission projects” designed to test promising health systems changes in real-world settings; and four newly launched research centers, each focused on an Altarum-defined “critical systems issue.”

Before joining Altarum, Mr. Smith served as VRI’s Vice President and Director of Corporate Business Development from 1999 to 2000 and as President of VRI from 2000 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, he led new initiatives in VRI’s health sector and served as the Director of the Healthcare Planning Division. Major programs included:

  • Development of the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), an automated information system for tracking childhood immunizations; lead screening; and now body mass index screening across the state. VRI’s development of MCIR made Michigan the first state in the United States to have a system deployed statewide to both public and private providers, and
  • One-of-a-kind, enterprise-level health care simulation models to examine alternative system changes in health care and a patient cohort simulation to investigate the cost and quality impacts of alternative disease management strategies for various chronic diseases.

Mr. Smith joined VRI in 1988 as a Systems Engineer, shortly after completing his master’s in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate studies fellow. He worked in VRI’s national security and health business sectors. As a national security analyst at VRI, Mr. Smith developed and applied analytical methods to help military leaders make decisions about force design, equipment acquisition, mobilization, deployment, and arms control strategies.