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Center for Technology Innovation



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Smart Ribbon

Cost/Utilization Reduction

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IT & Network Management

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Claims Data

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Fernando Martinez

Fernando Martinez, Ph.D., is the founder of THA's Center for Technology Innovation and THA Chief Digital Officer. Martinez is a former hospital CIO/CISO, a certified IT security professional and a professional educator who has worked with some of the largest healthcare systems in the country.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recognized Martinez for his development of the THA Smart Ribbon, in partnership with Illumicare, Inc., with the organization's Innovator Award during the CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum.

Speaking Engagements

THA Breakfast & Breaches: Improving Readiness, Minimizing Cyber Risk & Requirement Validation from OCR’s TX Regional Manager
Oct. 16, 7-9:30 a.m. CST
More information and to register.

Join Clearwater and THA for an educational event designed for healthcare executives. The event will include presentations from OCR and Clearwater as well as a panel discussion with Cyber Risk Industry Experts.

Presenters include Fernando Martinez, Ph.D., Chief Digital Officer, Texas Hospital Association; Jon Moore, J.D., chief risk officer, Clearwater Compliance; and Marisa Smith, Ph.D, regional manager, Southwest Region, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


From HealthITSecurity.com
Helping Struggling Hospitals Recover from Ransomware Attacks
The biggest cybersecurity issue for hospitals is response and recovery from ransomware attacks, observed Fernando Martinez, chief digital officer at the Texas Hospital Association. Read the full article.

Fernando Martinez presented at the TAHFA & HFMA symposium. Download his presentation or reach out to Fernando to learn more about Cybersecurity Insights at fmartinez@tha.org.

Headstrong Passwords

Headstrong Passwords

Increase your cybersecurity by using better passwords. Download a whitepaper from THA's Center for Technology Innovation on the steps you can take create better passwords to defend your digital assets.

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With the creation of the Texas Hospital Association’s Center for Technology Innovation in 2016, THA took on the role of champion for Texas hospitals in the technology space. Today, the Center for Technology has become a reliable, unbiased source for experts, information and solutions to serve hospital leaders across Texas.

The Center for Technology Innovation is led by Fernando Martinez, Ph.D., a veteran healthcare executive and award-winning technologist who has worked with some of the largest healthcare systems in the country. He served in a variety of healthcare settings and brings more than 20 years of hands-on experience delivering innovative and transformational technology strategies for organizations of all size to the Center.

Innovation is a term that gets kicked around a lot in today’s tech circles. For us at CTI, it’s specific. Innovation means finding novel uses of existing resources to create value.

Fernando Martinez, chief digital officer

From its inception, the Center for Technology Innovation was created as the answer to a dramatic shift in the healthcare industry. Technology had grown from a secondary priority to a core component in almost every aspect of operating a successful hospital. From the back office to the bedside, technology played a vital role in whether or not a hospital could succeed.

Texas Hospital Association quickly identified a gap for hospitals. While there was certainly no shortage of information and companies vying to be the next perfect technology for hospitals, Texas hospital leaders had no partner to help them find what would really work. That type of partnership seemed a natural role for the Texas Hospital Association.

Current Initiatives

Compass (formerly known as the THA Patient Data System) helps hospitals with timely and accurate submission of mandated claims data to the Texas Health Care Information Collection and provides reports to help them benchmark performance.

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Radar, THA’s cybersecurity awareness program, helps hospitals protect their valuable health care data by testing, training and re-testing employees to ensure they can properly identify and respond to phishing emails.

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THA Smart Ribbon powered by IllumiCare gives clinicians real-time, patient-specific cost and risk data at the point of care, allowing them to make the best decisions for their patients when it matters most.

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Beacon gives hospitals a comprehensive suite of tools for network management including monitoring, security, event logging, and IT patching, giving hospitals the peace of mind that their network is safe and secure.

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We saw the need for a formal initiative around technology. Hospitals needed a dedicated advocate to help them solve the pain points where IT is concerned.

Ted Shaw, president/chief executive officer