8th Annual Health IT Leadership Summit

Major Atlanta Hospitals Join Health IT Leadership Summit

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and Grady Join Health IT Leadership Summit as Sponsors

Atlanta (Sept. 6, 2016) – The Health IT Leadership Summit announced today that four major healthcare systems have signed on as sponsors: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Gwinnett Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and Grady.

The Health IT Leadership Summit will be held on Wed., Dec. 7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, bringing together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovations that enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people.

The four leading health systems recognize that Atlanta is a major health IT capital and that technology plays a crucial role in today’s healthcare environment.

“Participation in the Health IT Summit allows us to support healthcare innovation in our metro Atlanta community and Georgia’s efforts to be the country’s leading health IT capital,” said Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta CIO Allana Cummings.

CHOA and Grady were recently named to the “Most Wired” list in the 2016 Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, sponsored by Hospitals & Health Networks, designed to measure IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems.

Patricia A. Lavely, Sr. Vice President and CIO, Gwinnett Medical Center, said the hospital supports the Summit because of its education and job opportunities for new and current hires.

“Gwinnett Medical Center recognizes the challenges in retention and continued development of our health IT professionals,” Lavely said. “We have an outstanding team that is implementing technology to enable healthcare transformation. The Health IT Leadership Summit not only offers education and development opportunities for our employees, but it benefits the overall health IT market in Georgia.

Northside Hospital, another sponsor, recognized the crucial role played by health IT professionals in Atlanta, not only in operations, but in patient care.

“Northside Hospital is indebted to the hard work being done by all IT professionals in the health care industry. We are proud of our own outstanding teams, and we recognize the tremendous value they bring us every day,” said Lee Echols, vice president of marketing for Northside Hospital. “The benefit the IT community provides to our patients is extremely important.”

Other healthcare-related organizations that have signed on as sponsors include CIGNA, Azalea Health and CiDrep Informatics.

The Health IT Leadership Summit was created in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED), the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society (TAG Health).

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the advancement of technology and education in Georgia.

“As the Nation’s Health IT capital, Georgia continues to be a primary driver in healthcare innovation with its robust health information technology ecosystem,” said Kornelius Bankston, director of Bioscience Industry Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “The Health IT Leadership Summit is the premier event for convening top thought leaders to transform healthcare.”