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Texas Health Resources CIO Named One of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010|
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.
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.
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