ATLANTA, Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Metro Atlanta Chamber will leverage the state's position as the nation's largest segment of health information technology companies by sponsoring 13 key thought leaders for a first-of-its-kind speaker series. As the only state with a pavilion during the conference, Georgia is using this global stage to showcase the concentration, diversity and innovation of the leaders and companies in the state's healthcare ecosystem.
The Georgia speakers offer a broad range of expertise in topics impacting the health IT sector today, ranging from rural healthcare and FHIR to telehealth and EMR. The key influencers from across Georgia and metro Atlanta's health IT sector who will be sharing their expertise include:
"Georgia leads the nation with more than 225 HIT companies, and we are committed to the healthcare and life sciences industry through continuous investment in its people and resources," said EJane Caraway, Georgia Department of Economic Development's director of Life Sciences and Corporate Solutions. "HIMSS is the perfect platform for the state, and our partners joining us, to show industry leaders Georgia's ability to attract and retain health IT companies and keep them competitive. We look forward to the future opportunities this conference will afford us."
"Because Georgia's health IT sector is the largest in the nation, we have the talent to drive the latest trends and technology across the industry," said Kornelius Bankston, MAC's director of Bioscience Ecosystem Expansion. "With our delegation's strong presence at HIMSS, we can demonstrate why metro Atlanta is among the top 10 best healthcare cities and a top 10 tech talent market."
Today's global digital health market is valued at over $55 billion and is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2020. With its rich concentration of health IT companies, Georgia has solidified its position as a leader across every subsector in the healthcare ecosystem. A few examples include:
To view the full conference schedule, visit http://www.himssconference.org/.
HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) North America is a cause-based non-profit, that provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy and events. The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, February 19-23, 2017, in Orlando, brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference. More than 300 education programs feature keynotes, thought leader sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops, plus a full day of preconference symposia. Learn more at http://www.himssconference.org/.
About The Metro Atlanta Chamber
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant region. To advance economic growth and improve metro Atlanta's quality of place, MAC is focused on starting, growing and recruiting companies to the 29-county metro Atlanta region. The Chamber is also focused on expanding the region's innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive Atlanta's innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and telling Atlanta's story. For more information, visit www.MetroAtlantaChamber.com.
SOURCE The Metro Atlanta Chamber