Luis Saldaña, M.D., Named Chief Medical Information Officer

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has promoted veteran emergency physician and medical informaticist Luis Saldaña, M.D., to the position of chief medical information officer (CMIO). Saldaña had served as the system’s associate CMIO since 2011.

Luis Saldaña, M.D.

Luis Saldaña, M.D.

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As CMIO, Saldaña leads medical informatics initiatives at the 25-hospital system. This includes clinical decision support, physician documentation and computer physician order entry. He serves as the principal physician leader for the optimization and continued deployment of the systemwide electronic health record (EHR), which contains 5.7 million patient records. Saldaña reports to Ferdinand Velasco, M.D., Texas Health’s chief health information officer.

“Dr. Saldaña’s experience in both the clinical and informatics areas benefits Texas Health patients every day,” Velasco said. “We are blessed to have a practicing emergency medicine physician with a passion for innovation, quality improvement, operational excellence and patient safety on the Texas Health leadership team.”

Saldaña chairs the system’s CareConnect (EHR) Physician Advisory Committee and is a member of the Physician Leadership Council and EHR Informatics Cabinet. He previously served as Texas Health’s medical director for clinical decision support. He has served as an emergency physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since 1997.

In addition to his role at Texas Health, Saldaña is recognized nationally for his contributions to the field of medical informatics. He co-authored a clinical decision support guidebook which was recognized as the 2012 Book of the Year by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the nation’s major health information technology association. He is a highly sought-after public speaker and participates in several collaborative local, regional and national activities.

Saldaña received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School, M.B.A. from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and B.S. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit