Georgia to Host Healthcare Information Technology Leadership Summit in November

The Metro Atlanta Chamber, TAG Health and the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced today that they will jointly host the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Leadership Summit on November 9, 2010.

Atlanta, GA, September 29, 2010 --( Program will examine Georgia’s leadership in healthcare information technology and how TAG will build and sustain their premier Healthcare IT workforce

The Metro Atlanta Chamber, TAG Health and the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced today that they will jointly host the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Leadership Summit on November 9, 2010. This event, which will run from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, will examine the national spotlight on healthcare, available federal funding, current economic conditions and the urgent need for jobs in Georgia. This critical event will also provide an opportunity to showcase Georgia’s HIT market and career growth in one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

Georgia ranks as the leading state for total HIT revenues according to the Healthcare Informatics HCI-100 list. Over the past decade, Georgia has attained the premier nationwide leadership position as an HIT cluster. This notable achievement is due to the vast assets of the state’s numerous HIT corporations and healthcare providers, served and supported by the diverse resources of multiple companies located in Georgia. Another vital component of this recognition is the highly trained professional HIT workforce provided by nationally prominent university medical schools, technical colleges and other training programs throughout Georgia.

The primary purpose of the November 9th event is to unite business community leaders, healthcare providers and educators to further advance Georgia as the national leader in HIT. The specific focus of the event is to address current and future industry requirements necessary to expand, equip and sustain the professional workforce required to maximize HIT growth in Georgia.

Registration and information is now available online at The event will be held at the historic Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta.

About The Metro Atlanta Chamber
The Metro Atlanta Chamber mobilizes and connects the business community to drive economic development and public policies that promote sustainable growth. Their board of directors draws from Atlanta’s top business leaders. They have a professional staff of 90 and serve 4,000 member companies who employ nearly 1 million workers. They create value in return for their members’ time and investment by producing results on each issue they choose to tackle.

In economic development, their project managers attract the best companies and jobs. In the last decade, they have recruited over 500 companies creating over 85,000 direct and indirect jobs. They focus on recruiting headquarters and international business -- and companies in the supply chain, healthcare IT, bioscience and technology sectors.

In public policy, they tackle crisis issues and critical quality-of-life challenges. In 2010 they achieved an historic “3 for 3” victory by passing all three of their major legislative priorities – transportation, water and school board reform.

For members, they offer 150+ events and activities each year to help them connect and make key business contacts.

For more information on the chamber’s healthcare IT initiatives please contact: David Hartnett, 404-586-8443,; Molly Taylor, 404-586-8461,

About TAG Health
TAG Health is one of 27 special interest groups that make up the Technology Association of Georgia, which is a 10,700-member organization. TAG Health’s mission is to create an environment that fosters economic development through health technology in the state of Georgia. That mission is fulfilled through programs and events for their members and guests, which include corporate, government, education and entrepreneurial leaders throughout the state. As the federal government makes funds available for the adoption of healthcare technology, TAG Health is leading the way by bringing together providers, payers, vendors, as well as government and education leaders.

About The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, video and music projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is a leading technology industry association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry. TAG provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving, and also brings the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 27 special interest groups, or societies, including Women in Technology (WIT). Additionally, TAG’s charitable arm, the TAG Education Collaborative, is focused on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s nonprofit networking organization and technology community at

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