Ed Marx, senior vice president and CIO at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, has been named the CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year. Gall pioneered electronic health records at El Camino Hospital in California in the 1960s.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annually select a recipient that has made significant contributions to their organization and have demonstrated leadership through effective use of technology. All 14 hospitals within Texas Health Resources are at Stages 6 or 7 on the HIMSS Analytics’ scale of EHR adoption. The delivery system in 2013 received a 2013 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for excellence in use of health information technology, particularly EHRs.

Marx has been in the health care industry for 24 years, 16 of them as a CIO. He is well known for his regular blogs about leadership and life-enhancing lessons in general on the HIStalk Web site. Throughout his career, he also has served in the Army Reserve for 15 years as a combat medic and later as a combat engineer officer. He further serves as the CIO coordinator for Texas’ health information exchange and as a reviewer for verification of Stage 7 hospitals. Marx will be honored during a banquet on Feb. 25 at HIMSS14 in Orlando.

Past winners of the CIO of the Year Award, dating back to 1989, include: Jim Turnbull, Rick Schooler, Charles Christian, William Spooner, Patricia Skarulis, George Hickman, Eric Yablonka, Timothy Stettheimer, Gregory Walton, Tim Zoph, Pamela McNutt, Richard Skinner, Charles Emery Jr., Stephanie Reed, Wei-Tih Cheng, James Wagner, Walter Menning, Sam Schultz II, William Reed, John Glaser, Richard Duncan, Larry Grandia, Ward Keever and John E. Gall Jr.

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