Cleveland Clinic appoints Edward Marx as CIO

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Edward Marx will serve as Cleveland Clinic's CIO beginning in September.

The Cleveland Clinic has appointed former Advisory Board Executive Vice President Edward Marx as chief information officer.

Edward Marx

Marx, widely recognized as one of the top health IT leaders in the country, most recently provided IT leadership and strategy to NYC Health + Hospitals, where he helped with the system’s $764 million upgrade to an Epic EHR system. Marx will begin his role at Cleveland Clinic on Sept. 1.

“Ed has spent his career fostering a culture of innovation and leading teams at the forefront of healthcare information technology,” Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., said in an announcement. “As CIO he will advance the Cleveland Clinic’s ‘Patients First’ culture by providing information-enabled, data-driven technology focused on facilitating world-class patient care.”

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The appointment comes during a transition period for the hospital system, several months after Cosgrove announced he would step down as president and CEO. Marx said he plans to focus his energy on how to use technology to improve patient care.

“Technology has such potential to save many, many more lives, if we can innovate and impact patient safety and the quality of care we deliver,” he said.

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Marx previously held CIO positions at Texas Health Resources, University Hospitals in Cleveland and Parkview Medical Center in Colorado. In 2006, he was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to create the Texas Health Services Authority to coordinate health information exchange across the state. He was named CIO of the Year in 2013 by HIMSS and the College of Health Information Management Executives while working at Texas Health Resources.

The renowned Ohio hospital system is also coming off a five-year deal with IBM signed in December and has been exploring the use of artificial intelligence to improve care efficiency and fight physician burnout.

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