The Institute for Healthcare Information Technology Celebrates Performance of Georgia-Based Companies in the Annual HCI 100 List

The Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the advancement of technology and education in Georgia, celebrates the recognition of eight Georgia-based companies who appeared on the Healthcare Informatics HCI 100 list.

“As our nation’s healthcare IT capital, Georgia is home to more than 200 healthcare IT companies,” said Pat Williams, chairman of the IHIT Board of Directors. “We have a strong community of vendors, providers, payers and educators working together to drive innovative approaches to healthcare delivery. IHIT is thrilled that these companies are being recognized as successful leaders in our industry.”

The Georgia-based companies that made this year’s list include:
– McKesson, Alpharetta
– MedAssets, Inc. Alpharetta
– Greenway Health, LLC, Carrollton
– HealthPort Technologies, LLC, Alpharetta
– Brightree, LLC, Lawrenceville
– Navicure, Duluth
– Sharecare, Atlanta
– Surgical Information Systems, Alpharetta

“While bringing value to providers and hospital systems is a top priority for Sharecare, we likewise are focused on driving the new era of digital health forward through the consumerization of frictionless technologies: innovations that empower people to more efficiently and effectively improve their health,” said Jeff Arnold, chairman and CEO of Sharecare, which appears on the HCI 100 for the first time. “It is a distinct honor to be recognized alongside the most successful HIT companies in the US and in our home state of Georgia; and we are enthusiastic about what the future holds for healthcare.”

The study, conducted each year by Georgia-based Porter Research on behalf of Healthcare Informatics, ranks the largest revenue-generating technology companies in healthcare IT. McKesson, a $3B software and services company, has consistently appeared in the top five for the past several years. According to Robert Hendricks, CTO of McKesson, “We are proud to be included in this prestigious ranking each year. With the significant changes that the Affordable Care Act has brought to our industry, we are committed to pioneering new solutions every day that will help improve patient outcomes, enhance the patient experience and reduce the overall cost of healthcare.”

About IHIT
The Institute for Healthcare Information Technology is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving healthcare through the advancement of Georgia-based vendors, providers, payers and educators. Comprised of more than 200 healthcare companies in Georgia working collaboratively with state and local organizations such as the Technology Alliance of Georgia (TAG) and the Metro-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, IHIT fosters economic development opportunities that help improve the accessibility and quality of healthcare. For more information about IHIT, visit www.instituteforhealthcareit.org.

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