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Edward Marx Named CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year

Edward W. Marx, FCHIME, FHIMSS, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Marx is senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. He will receive the award at the annual HIMSS conference and exhibition in Orlando on February 25, 2014.

The award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS, recognizes HIT 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’s distinguished career in the health care industry spans 24 years, 16 of which have been spent as CIO. Concurrent with his career in health care, 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 health care organizations such as HCA (Tennessee), Parkview Episcopal Medical Center (Colorado), and Poudre Valley Health System (Colorado).

Marx has been a CHIME member since 2004 and a member of HIMSS since 1995. He became a HIMSS fellow in 1999 and a CHIME fellow in 2012. Marx has served in volunteer leadership positions for HIMSS at both the chapter and national levels. A popular communicator and educator, Marx is a faculty member of the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, as well as a frequent conference speaker for both organizations, blogger, and social media enthusiast. Marx has served as the Texas CIO Coordinator for CHIME StateNet since its inception in 2009 and in 2012 was awarded the organization’s annual State Advocacy Award for his commitment to the growth and success of statewide initiatives to further the advancement of health information exchange and HIT adoption in his home state of Texas. Marx is also the governor-appointed chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, a role he has served since 2010.

Under his leadership, Texas Health Resources received the 2013 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes the use of HIT and the EHR to improve the health care 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.

Branded as one of the top 10 disruptive forces in health care, Marx has been nationally recognized by both CIO and Computerworld magazine as one of the “Top 100 Leaders” and the Dallas Business Journal’s “Newcomer of the Year.” Additionally, Marx’s organizations have earned Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work,” AHA/Health Forum’s “Most Wired” list, HealthLeaders’ “Marketing Awards,” and InformationWeek’s “Top 500.”

Source: The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives