3 questions for Ed Marx: Technology to enable accountable care

By Gienna Shaw

Ed Marx has a simple suggestion for his fellow CIOs about pitching technology to other members of the C-suite.

Don't do it.

"I never talk about anything from a technology point of view. I talk in terms of strategy," Marx, CIO at Texas Health Resources, told FierceHealthIT in a recent interview. "Everything we do is tied to the organizational strategy," he says. "But the top three aspirations all have extensive IT requirements."

Those aspirations include building a successful accountable care model. THR was part of CMS' Pioneer ACO project but has since left that program to develop its own ACO--powered by clinical business intelligence, supported by a community-wide wellness program and driven by technology to engage patients, including mobile and social outreach.  

Marx (pictured) will talk about that ACO journey as one of the speakers at FierceHealthIT's executive breakfast panel in Orlando next week: Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care.

In the meantime, we asked him to share some of his thoughts on accountable care, patient engagement and the technology that ties it all together. Click through the pages below to read more from the interview. 

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Register for the FierceHealthIT executive breakfast event at HIMSS here.