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THR Chief Information Officer Named to State Group
07/28/2008

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Health Resources Chief Information Officer Edward W. Marx has been named to the Texas Health Services Authority.

Edward W. Marx

Edward W. Marx

Marx was one of 11 individuals named to the authority, which is a public-private corporation that the Texas Legislature charged with improving patient safety and quality of care. Individuals were chosen from across the state and from different facets of the health care community. The authority will coordinate the development of a voluntary and secure electronic health information infrastructure for the state of Texas. Marx will serve on the authority until June 15, 2009.

Marx joined Texas Health Resources in October 2007. His responsibilities include assessing current and future technology, developing and implementing a strategy and roadmap for a rational approach to information technology that aligns THR systems, and developing projects and technology support for clinical and business functions.

Marx is a member of several professional organizations, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT), and the Society of Information Management (SIM). He is also a fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Marx has served as president of the Ohio and Tennessee Chapters of HIMSS and as the HIMSS board-appointed chair of the Membership Services Committee. He serves as an advisor to both Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University.

Texas Health Resources began implementing an electronic health record in its 13-hospital system in 2005. By 2010, all of Texas Health Resources’ facilities will be using the electronic record, which is a computer-based family of systems for collecting, organizing, sharing, and managing clinical and administrative patient information. THR is committed to protecting private and confidential information in compliance with state and federal requirements and fulfills that commitment through stringent security procedures, policies and technology tools.

A growing number of expert panels have identified IT as one of the most powerful tools for reducing medical errors and improving the quality of healthcare, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (CVHS), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Among the many information technology honors Texas Health Resources has received, the organization has been recognized as one of the Most Wired health care systems by Hospital & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, and by InformationWeek 500, a listing of the largest and most innovative users of information technology. Texas Health Resources also was named one of the IDG’s Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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