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Texas Health Resources CIO Named One of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010
12/07/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources Chief Information Officer Edward Marx has been selected as one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010.

Ed Marx, Chief Information Officer

Edward Marx

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The recognition spotlights leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative ideas for business challenges and effectively managed IT strategies. The list of honorees is published in the Dec. 7 issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.

Marx’s honor follows Texas Health’s recognition as an InformationWeek Top Technology Innovator in September and as an American Hospital Association Most Wired health system in July. In June, Texas Health was named to Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in Information Technology list.

“We’re delighted and honored — but not surprised — by this prestigious recognition for Ed Marx,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, Texas Health chief executive officer. “Ed and his skilled team of information technology professionals are absolutely critical in helping our 14-hospital system serve North Texans’ health care needs.”

One of the system’s major IT initiatives is a common electronic health record (EHR). By 2012, all of Texas Health’s facilities will be using the EHR, which is a computer-based family of systems for collecting, organizing, sharing, and managing clinical and administrative patient information. The ultimate goal is improved quality of care and patient safety.

Texas Health’s clinical technology innovations are developed and supported by a dedicated team of IT professionals. To more effectively perform their jobs, all IT employees spend at least a half day with a clinician annually. The program, known as Connections, reinforces the impact that staffers’ jobs have on patient care. Many project teams work from home, taking advantage of social networking to build productivity. Employee development is pervasive and includes mentoring programs.

“Exposure to the care setting inspires our IT professionals, making for an engaged workforce,” said Marx. “People understand that their work on initiatives such as the electronic health record can literally save lives.”

Marx joined Texas Health as CIO in October 2007. He previously served as CIO of University Hospitals in Cleveland.

“The Premier 100 awards program shines a spotlight on the best of IT leadership and innovation,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Despite a tough economy, these senior IT leaders are seizing this rare moment to steer measured growth, embark on innovative pilots and build loyalty in their most valued workers. We’re pleased to honor the achievements of these 100 men and women who epitomize calm and steady IT leadership.”

The award will be presented at Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference in Phoenix, March 7-9, 2010.

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. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,059,000 readers each issue (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2009). Computerworld is published by International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and event company.

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