Texas Health Resources CIO Nationally Recognized for Health Care IT Advocacy Efforts

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources Chief Information Officer Edward W. Marx has received the Fourth Annual State Advocacy Award for CIO Leadership from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Edward W. Marx
Edward W. Marx
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The award recognizes Marx’ leadership at the state level in educating policymakers on the value of health information technology (IT); helping leverage health care reform legislation implementation toward improved patient care; and helping foster health information exchange development and interoperability among health care organizations. CHIME is a national organization that fosters collaboration among more than 1,400 CIOs and other senior health care IT leaders.

“This prestigious honor is well-deserved recognition of a health care IT leader who has helped advance quality health care and patient safety through the innovative application of technology,” said Jonathan W. Scholl, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of Texas Health. “Ed’s dedication and acumen benefit not only the patients of North Texas, but throughout the state and nation because of his forceful advocacy.”

CHIME noted that Marx has demonstrated leadership by testifying before the Texas House Committee on Public Health on health IT adoption, health information exchanges and other health IT Issues. He has served as the Texas CIO coordinator for CHIME StateNet, a CIO network since its inception in 2009.

Marx also serves as chair of the Texas Health Services Authority, which develops health information exchange plans for the State of Texas. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to this key post in June 2010.

“Ed has led his fellow CIOs from the front in promoting the value of health care information technology in our state,” said Tony Gilman, chief executive officer of the Texas Health Services Authority. “It’s gratifying to see his dedicated efforts on behalf of patients recognized at the national level.”

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. The system’s 14 wholly owned hospitals are linked by a common electronic health record. Since 2006 Texas Health has invested more than $200 million in its EHR, which contains more than 4.7 million patient records.

Prior to joining Texas Health in 2007, Marx was CIO of University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland. He previously served in a variety of IT leadership roles with health care organizations such as 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, Marx was named to Computerworld’s list of Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010. He holds a master's degree in consumer sciences and bachelor's degree in psychology from Colorado State University.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.