Health It Leadership Summit to Focus on the Advancement of the Georgia Hit Workforce and Local Job Creation

The Summit will feature two morning panels that will focus on Georgia’s unique opportunity to build a sustainable health IT industry that promotes revenues and jobs.

Atlanta, GA, October 13, 2010 --( The Summit will feature two morning panels that will focus on Georgia’s unique opportunity to build a sustainable health IT industry that promotes revenues and jobs.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and TAG Health will jointly host the November 9th Health Information Technology (HIT) Leadership Summit focused on immediate and future needs of the HIT workforce in Georgia. This premier event will highlight Georgia’s nation-leading HIT industry presence, and provide an opportunity for attendees to hear discussion by key stakeholder executives about the immediate needs for skilled workers in the development, implementation, and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and other key health technologies that are critical to the nation’s healthcare reform efforts. In addition, morning panelists will detail their vision for long-term, sustainable industry growth and direction that will provide career and job opportunities for Georgia workers for decades.

The day-long event will feature three morning sessions: a keynote presentation by Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, Bob Bozeman and two panel discussions. The morning panels will discuss the future of technology in healthcare five to 15 years into the future, and Georgia’s immediate needs in the next five years. They will also explore the unique opportunity Georgia has to build a sustainable health IT industry and the ways that this industry can promote revenues and jobs, not only for the Health IT companies, but all business in Georgia. Additionally, panelists will address how the nation can grow as a result of new career opportunities within HIT.

After a lunch sponsored by Georgia-headquartered CentriNet Corporation, a series of afternoon panels will discuss what employers are seeking and how workers can grow and transition into these new employment opportunities. An all-day “Industry Showcase” will allow Georgia companies to discuss their products and services with attendees who may be seeking to advance business opportunities or their own careers.

The Summit, which will be November 9th at the Fox Theatre, will host more than 70 contributors, representing healthcare corporations, providers and suppliers, universities, medical schools, technical colleges and government entities such as the CDC and the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Panel information and registration information is available online at

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, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. For more information, visit For more information about healthcare IT in the state of Georgia, call Glen Whitley at 404-962-4066.

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. Our board of directors draws from Atlanta’s top business leaders. We have a professional staff of 90 and serve 4,000 member companies who employ nearly 1 million workers. We create value in return for our members’ time and investment by producing results on each issue we choose to tackle.

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

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

For members, we 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 our 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. For more information about the Technology Association of Georgia or TAG Health, please call 404-817-3333.

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). For more information visit the TAG website at or the TAG society website at

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