As Texas Health’s Chief Health Information Officer, Dr. Ferdinand Velasco leads the system’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. He also provides clinical leadership for the implementation and optimization of the electronic health record. He previously served as an assistant professor and physician champion for the implementation of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, while in practice as a cardiothoracic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
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A Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Dr. Velasco serves as chair of the society’s Quality, Cost, Safety Committee. Modern Healthcare honored Dr. Velasco as an inaugural member of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.