Archive for March, 2014

It’s a Good Time to be in Healthcare Technology in Georgia

It’s a good time to be in technology in Georgia, especially healthcare IT, according to the latest State of the Industry report from the Technology Association of Georgia. Several of the reports’ takeaways highlight sentiments shared with me by Tee Green, CEO of Greenway Health. I had the opportunity to recently chat with him about what it means to lead a company in a state devoted to sustaining the title of the “Nation’s Capitol of Healthcare IT.”

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All Georgia Taxpayers Lose When the State Refuses to Expand Medicaid

There is legislation close to passing the Georgia legislature (it may already be passed by the time this is published) that prohibits “the state nor any department, agency, bureau, authority, office, or other unit of the state nor any political subdivision of the state shall expend or use moneys, human resources, or assets of the State of Georgia to advocate or intended to influence the citizens of this state in support of the voluntary expansion by the state of eligibility for medical assistance under” Medicaid. Its not clear what this legislation actually does, (its not clear it’s authors know what it does), but it could limit the state’s ability to actually run the existing Medicaid program, and perhaps it could prohibit public university professors from answering simple questions about the Affordable Care Act. Is it “advocating or influencing citizens” to report simple facts?

The simple fact is that expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act makes every …

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Georgia’s Health Information Technology Industry: Making A Difference Everyday

health-info-techA couple of weeks ago, a group of health information technology leaders from around the state came to Atlanta to celebrate “Georgia Health Information Technology and High Tech Day at the Capitol.” Georgia State Senator Brandon Beach, Chairman of the Science & Technology Committee, welcomed over 100 Georgians to the State Capitol and talked about Georgia’s status as the nation’s “Health Information Technology Capitol.”

Georgia-based health information technology companies are a serious economic engine. The health IT industry generates more than $4 billion in revenue each year and provides over 15,000 jobs in Georgia. There are more than 186 health IT companies which call Georgia “home.”

And, the health IT industry in Georgia is growing. Georgia’s health IT businesses are growing at a phenomenal 40 percent rate, creating more jobs, more investment and more revenue for Georgia.

Georgia’s health IT industry boasts the likes of heavyweights McKesson Technology …

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Georgia Takes Center Stage at World’s Largest Health IT Conference

HIMSS is well known for putting on the largest conference in the world dedicated to health IT. For the third year in a row, the state of Georgia – the only state to do so – has had a pavilion in the exhibit hall to showcase just a few of its many health IT companies. I had a chance on the HIMSS show floor to talk with Carol Henderson, Director of Health Sciences and Advanced Technologies at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, about the advent and growth of the pavilion, and why it sets such an example when it comes to showcasing Georgia as the nation’s capital of health IT.

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