Foster economic development opportunities and improve the accessibility and quality of healthcare in Georgia through the advancement of technology.
IHIT started as a small group of healthcare IT companies and organizations in Atlanta who wanted to work together to grow our economy, expand employment opportunities and ultimately improve healthcare in Georgia through the advancement of technology. Today, more than 50 vendors, health systems and educators are actively engaged in IHIT programs, such as the annual workforce needs research study, HIT Day at the State Capital, and interactive panel discussions with state legislators to ensure Georgia maintains its leadership position as our nation’s largest healthcare IT community.
How we got started
In the early 2000's, Georgia began to emerge as a leader in healthcare IT, as more healthcare organizations began to call Georgia their home. With market leaders like McKesson and MedAssets, now Vizient, already here, several early stage companies, like Brightree and ShareCare, started to lay down their roots and grow. And the care provider community was equally strong with institutions like Children’s Healthcare and Emory Healthcare being known around the world as innovative thinkers and providers of top-notch care. Government organizations, such as the CDC, and associations like the American Cancer Society that were headquartered in Georgia continued to drive demand for qualified healthcare-related technology works.
As healthcare reform started to take shape, so did the state of Georgia’s innovative healthcare IT community. Pat Williams, one of the founders of IHIT and the current chairman, knew that something great could be achieved if all of these organizations had the opportunity to collaborate more effectively. Whether it was creating job opportunities for experienced Georgia workers or new innovations that could advance the health of our communities, the opportunity was there. This idea was the spark that fueled the creation of IHIT in 2011. Since its inception, IHIT has worked tirelessly to connect, inspire and advance the needs of Georgia’s healthcare IT community.
What we do
- Hospital Workforce Study: More than 100 hospital executives were surveyed to capture and report on their healthcare IT workforce needs. 78% of respondents anticipate an increase in their IT spending over the next 12 months.
- Vendor Workforce Study: An in-depth study on the needs of healthcare IT vendors in Georgia to find and hire qualified resources to fill the open positions. The survey found more than 4,700 open positions in Georgia. Vendors reported wanting qualified resources that not only have the proper technical training, but also the unique intricacies of the business and payments processes within healthcare.
- CIO Roundtable Discussions: IHIT hosted several roundtable discussions with leading hospital and care provider CIOs from across state to discuss technology challenges and strategies of the future, such as requirements for the Georgia Health Information Network (GHIN).
- HIT Day at the Capital: IHIT Chairman Pat Williams addressed the Georgia State Senate about the potential growth of health IT jobs in the state and emphasized the importance of their continued support.
- Lt. Governor's Business and Education Summit
IHIT designed and manged the healthcare program for the Lt. Governor's annual college and career academy program. Leaders from participating IHIT companies were asked to speak on interactive panel discussions and educate attendees on the issues and opportunities within the healthcare IT community in Georgia.
- Interactive Panel Discussions with top HIT leaders and the Lt. Governor's office: Top HIT vendors and educators joined forces with the Lt. Governor and his staff members to discuss creative strategies for addressing Georgia's healthcare IT workforce needs.