ATLANTA (January 26, 2017) | Sen. Renee Unterman (R– Buford), with support from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, presented Senate Resolution 40 recognizing January 26, 2017 as Health Information Technology Day in the Senate today.
“It was a pleasure to have representatives from the health information industry at the Capitol today,” said Sen. Unterman. “I enjoyed learning more about this emerging industry, which provides a framework on how to properly manage health information. I look forward to working with them to spread awareness about the services they provide. In today’s changing health industry, it is critical we use resources such as data analytics and health information databases to ensure information is stored and analyzed properly.”
“Innovative technologies must be at the forefront of our plans as we reinvent our healthcare system,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “I want to thank Sen. Unterman for her leadership on this as we continue to work towards patient focused, cost efficient healthcare models for every Georgian.”
The health information industry in Georgia leads the nation with over 26,000 employees spread across the 225 companies located here. Georgia’s health information technology employment growth is among the 22 highest in the nation, with a growth rate of almost 20 percent in the past five years alone.
The industry’s mission is to improve patient services and to reduce health care costs. Members of the industry work and collaborate with the Technology Association of Georgia Health, the Georgia Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (GA-HIMSS) and the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT) to raise awareness of this emerging work force and to provide statewide leadership for the advancement and management of health care information and technology.