Dr. Ferdinand Velasco is the chief health information officer for Texas Health Resources, the largest not for profit health system in north Texas. Dr. Ferdinand Velasco leads the organization’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. This includes systemwide optimization of the electronic health record. In 2013, Texas Health Resources received the enterprise HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence.
A HIMSS fellow, Dr. Velasco currently serves on the HIMSS N.A. Board and served as chair of the society’s Quality, Cost, Safety Committee from 2012 to 2014. He is a co-author of “Improving Outcomes of Clinical Decision Support" and winner of the 2010 HIMSS Book of the Year Award. 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.
Dr. Velasco 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. He simultaneously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.