Edward Marx, senior vice president and CIO of the Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year, an award given by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
“This prestigious award is the greatest professional honor I have received. My world is rocked!” Marx said in a statement. “While I am humbled and grateful, this recognition is a collective reflection of Texas Health employees and clinicians, my team, and the unconditional support from my wife Julie,” he added.
Marx’s distinguished career in the healthcare industry spans 24 years, 16 of which have been spent as CIO. Concurrent with his career in healthcare, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a combat medic and then as a combat engineer officer.
Marx has been leading Texas Health’s innovative technology services professionals in developing and implementing strategies to enhance the patient and provider experience through the application of IT since 2007. Prior to joining Texas Health, Marx was CIO of University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland. He previously served in a variety of IT leadership roles with healthcare organizations such as HCA (Tennessee), Parkview Episcopal Medical Center (Colorado) and Poudre Valley Health System (Colorado).
Under his leadership, Texas Health Resources received the 2013 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes the use of health IT and the electronic health record to improve the healthcare delivery processes and patient safety, and achieve a demonstrated return on investment.
In addition, the 14 hospitals in the Texas Health system are either at Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. Marx serves as reviewer for the conference education sessions and HIMSS Analytics on-site reviewer for verification of Stage 7 hospitals. And he continues to provide his expertise to others as a HIMSS Executive e-Mentor.
The award recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The boards of directors for both organizations annually select the recipient of the award, which is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system in the world at California's El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.
Marx will receive the award at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando on February 25, 2014.