Foundation of our Expertise: Our Leadership
Our ability to help other health care organizations is built on the expertise of Texas Health Resources' nationally recognized information technology leaders.
Edward W. Marx, FHIMSS
Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Marx leads Texas Health's Innovative Technology Services professionals in developing and implementing strategies to enhance the patient and provider experience through the application of information technology. Prior to joining Texas Health in 2007, Marx was CIO of University Hospitals of Cleveland. He previously served in a variety of IT leadership roles with health care organizations such as Columbia Physician Services and HCA. He served concurrently in the U.S. Army Reserve, first as a combat medic, then as a combat engineer officer.
A Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Marx is active in both organizations, speaking at events nationwide. He serves as chair of the Texas Health Services Authority, which develops health information exchange plans for the State of Texas. Ed was named to Computerworld's list of Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010. He earned an master's degree in business and bachelor of science in psychology from Colorado State University.
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Patricia Johnston, FACHE, FHIMSS
Vice President, EHR Acute and Ambulatory
Johnston directs the design and implementation of the EHR across the Texas Health system. She also coordinates practice-based EMR products and strategies, as well as development and management of the EHR benefits realization program. Additionally, she oversees Texas Health's Applications Group, leading the system's Clinical Business Intelligence initiative, and directs IT strategic planning for future delivery models such as Accountable Care Organizations.
Her background and work experience is focused exclusively on health care, including management positions in process redesign, HIPAA privacy, information technology and clinical laboratory science. She has published numerous articles and conducted seminars on health care computing and HIPAA compliance. Johnston is a Fellow of both the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned a master's degree in information management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a bachelor's degree in medical technology from the University of North Texas.
Ferdinand Velasco, M.D.
Vice President/Chief Medical Information Officer
As Texas Health's CMIO, Velasco serves as physician champion for the system's medical informatics initiatives, including systemwide implementation of the EHR. He also leads the physician engagement and clinical decision support groups in Texas Health's Innovative Technology Solutions group. He previously served as an assistant professor and physician champion for the implementation of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He simultaneously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Recently named one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, Velasco serves as chair of the eMeasure Review Panel for the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization that sets national priorities for performance improvement and endorses standards for reporting of quality measures. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.
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Luis Saldaña, M.D., M.B.A., FACEP
Medical Director, Clinical Decision Support
Saldaña is a practicing emergency physician at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and the medical director for clinical decision support for Texas Health's systemwide EHR. He coordinates the strategy and integration for implementing decision support tools for clinicians within Texas Health's EHR. He is also serves as medical director for Emergency Medicine Consultants.
Saldaña serves on the Clinical Decision Support Task Force of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. He was an associate editor of the HIMSS guidebook, Improving Medication Use and Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: A Step-by-Step Guide. He has also been active in the American College of Emergency Physicians, serving as a peer reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and is on the board of directors for the Association of Emergency Physicians. He received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School, master's in business adminstration from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.
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