TAG and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce: Collaboration is Key, to Make Ga. the Hub of HealthCare IT

As part of an effort to build and sustain a top-notch healthcare IT workforce in Georgia, leaders from the public and private sector organized the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Leadership Summit yesterday.

The all-day forum, organized by Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and TAG Health with the focus on employment, recruitment and training was well attended and .

The organizers said the summit is critical in light of the national spotlight on healthcare, available federal funding, current economic conditions and the urgent need for jobs.

This purpose of the event was to unite business community leaders and healthcare providers to advance Georgia as the national leader in healthcare IT.

The morning session featured keynote speakers and panelists to address the existing healthcare IT assets of Georgia and define the future needs and related strategies for sustainable workforce growth.

The afternoon session featured both interactive modules and a healthcare IT showcase. During this time business leaders, corporations, providers, educators and healthcare trade organizations can showcased, gain and share information.

Some of the IT companies based in Georgia are Atlanta-based Transcend Services, RelayHealth, an Atlanta-based provider of Web-based communication services and part of McKesson Corp. Eclipsys, MedAssets Inc., HealthPort Technologies and Greenway Medical Technologies are also among the 126 health IT companies the Metro Atlanta Chamber has identified across the state

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