Cleveland Clinic has named Edward Marx as its new chief information officer.
Marx, a former University Hospitals CIO who most recently served as executive vice president at the Advisory Board Co., will start in his new role Sept. 1. He takes over the role vacated by Dr. C. Martin Harris, now the chief business officer and associate vice president of the health enterprise at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Doug Smith had been serving as the clinic's interim chief information officer.
"Ed has spent his career fostering a culture of innovation and leading teams at the forefront of health care information technology," Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove said in a news release. "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."
While at the Advisory Board Co., Marx provided IT leadership and strategy for NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health system in the United States. Before that he served for eight years as chief information officer at Texas Health Resources. Before that, he served for five years at UH's CIO.
"Successful healthcare IT has to ask, 'How do we innovate to save lives?' " Marx said in the release. "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."
Marx appointment, meanwhile, comes at a time of transition for the clinic's IT department. Late last year, the clinic and IBM announced they were entering a five-year agreement to expand the clinic's health information technology capabilities. At the time, the parties said IBM would bring design and security expertise, as well as support for a portion of the clinic's technology infrastructure and operations.