Winners Announced for the 2015 Health IT Student Innovation Award

ATLANTA (November 9, 2015) – TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the Georgia Department of Education (GaDoE), the Georgia Department of Public Health(DPH) and the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth announced Pierce County Middle School and Coffee County High School FBLA as the 2015 Student Innovation Award Winners.

This competition challenged student teams from Georgia middle and high schools to develop a mobile app or mobile optimized website that connects young people with opportunity, information and resources educating their communities on telehealth and telemedicine.

Four high school and three middle school teams were chosen as finalists and invited to market their applications to healthcare and industry representatives attending the Health IT Leadership Summit on November 3, 2015 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. Summit attendees selected the team with the most compelling solution through a text voting system.

“Middle and high school students using their technology skills and problem solving abilities to develop a product is inspiring to see, and the energy and enthusiasm they bring the Health IT Summit has an incredible effect on the atmosphere of this event,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative.

Rena Brewer, Global Partnership for Telehealth CEO, presented the awards at the summit. Cash prizes were awarded to the school or program of each finalist team, and the grand-prize winners received an additional cash prize.

HIT15“These young people are shining stars and their ability to showcase Telehealth Technology in their products was astounding,” said Brewer. “This younger generation lives and breathes technology and it is exciting to think of where they will take us with the development of telehealth solutions that address the mounting issues facing the delivery of healthcare in America and the world.  Not only should the students be commended, but their advisors and school system administrator are to be recognized for their commitment to graduate top notch students eager to change the world.”

To demo the winning middle school project, visit

To view the winning high school project, visit:

The high school finalists included: Coffee County High School, East Coweta High School, Dacula High School, and Meadowcreek High School. Middle school finalists included: Pierce County Middle School and two teams from Pine Grove Middle School in Lowndes County.

About TAG Education Collaborative

TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or


About the Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and wellbeing; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. In 2011, the General Assembly restored DPH to its own state agency after more than 30 years of consolidation with other departments. At the state level, DPH functions through numerous divisions, sections, programs and offices. Locally, DPH funds and collaborates with Georgia’s 159 county health departments and 18 public health districts. Through the changes, the mission has remained constant – to protect the lives of all Georgians. Today, DPH’s main functions include: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory. For more information about DPH, visit


About the Georgia Department of Education (GaDoE)

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) oversees public education throughout the state. The Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Division of the GADoE is responsible for the career and leadership development of students in middle and high schools. The department works with the nine Career Technical Student Organizations (CTOs) to enrich the curriculum in the CTAE Pathways. Many of these CTOs are state chapters of national organizations. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provides opportunities for students to develop vocational and career-supportive skills. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health occupations students. For more information, visit


About the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is a charitable nonprofit corporation, which was formed to promote improvements in healthcare and healthcare facilities in communities by assisting in the establishment of telemedicine programs. GPT is known as the leading agency globally focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology. GPT is one of the entities that belong to the Global Partnership for TeleHealth. The mission of the Global Partnership for TeleHealth is to deliver worldwide access to healthcare. Our unparalleled success in the United States in applying telehealth programs and services has assisted agencies in providing cost effective, efficient, and high quality healthcare. For more information visit the GPT website at



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