Diversity of HIT Innovation, Leadership and Talent on Display in Georgia

Morehouse School of Medicine part of National Health IT Media tour

ATLANTA – November 25, 2014 — The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development made a stop at Morehouse School of Medicine last week as part of a national Health IT Media tour held in conjunction with the 5th annual Health IT Leadership Summit in Atlanta last week.

The media tour showcased Georgia’s leadership and innovation in the Health IT Industry to journalists from across the country.  The Morehouse School of Medicine tour stop highlighted the state’s diversity of innovation, leadership and talent in Health IT. The stop featured a presentation from Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, the first woman to lead the medical school as president and dean; as well as a panel discussion that included Baha Zeidan, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Azalea Health, David LaBorde, M.D; Co-Founder of SwiftPayMD and Kathy Harris, Sr. VP of Corporate Development at Sharecare.

In keeping with the theme of the tour stop, the panel focused on diversity in Health IT as exemplified by the industry in Georgia and was moderated by Dr. Dominic Mack, co-director of the National Center for Primary Care at MSM, and as the executive medical director and principal investigator of the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC).

During the discussion Sharecare’s Harris announced that the company is acquiring New Jersey-based Quality Health and that it will be relocating its corporate headquarters to a building near Buckhead Atlanta, a recently opened mixed-use development. The company also announced that it will be adding 150 new jobs to its workforce.  Sharecare is a health and wellness startup founded by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show.  The Sharecare announcement was one of several made by Health IT companies and organizations during the national media tour.

In addition to the panel discussion and Sharecare announcement, Morehouse School of Medicine was also the site of the tour’s showcase of women and minority Health IT innovators including:

Georgia is recognized as the nation’s health IT capital and is comprised of more than 200 companies, employs more than 30,000 and is home to eight of the nation’s top health IT companies with cumulative revenues close to $5 billion annually — the highest cumulative revenues of any state in the U.S.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 25,400 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/. 

About the Metro Atlanta Chamber 

Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber is about building our economy and creating prosperity to help Atlanta thrive. Our board is made up of Atlanta’s top business leaders. Our professional staff serves more than 3,000 member companies that employ nearly 1 million workers. We focus on helping small businesses and mid-size companies grow, helping entrepreneurs get started, and recruiting companies nationally and internationally in our key industries: bioscience, clean technology, health IT, mobility, supply chain and advanced manufacturing, and technology. In public policy, we tackle critical issues to support infrastructure and quality of life. For members, we offer 200+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC’s Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years.  Visit our website at www.metroatlantachamber.com 

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities.

MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. For more information, please visit www.msm.edu


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