Georgia’s Collaborative Community
Associations and Alliances:

  • Alliant Health Solutions has continuously served the Georgia Medicaid program for more than 40 years, providing utilization management, program integrity and quality improvement services.
  • Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals is dedicated to furthering the ability of community hospitals to fulfill their primary mission of serving their communities. To this end, the Alliance will be a resource to members and a leader in advocating for sound health care policies and regulations.
  • Georgia Global Health Alliance (GGHA) exists to advance global health equity by promoting and facilitating collaboration amongst business, academia, non-profits and government organizations within Georgia and linking them with partners in the US and other countries.
  • Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GHCA/GCAL) has represented long term care providers in the state for more than 60 years and currently serves skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and SOURCE agencies.
  • Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) is focused on creating a healthier Georgia through the use and exchange of electronic health information.
  • Georgia HIMSS With nearly 2,300 healthcare IT professionals as members, the Georgia chapter of HIMSS is known nationally as the model citizen of how state/regional chapters should work. Its annual conference draws about 500+ participants and monthly programs deliver highly interactive discussion groups with hundreds more each year.
  • Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is a nonprofit trade association focused on promoting the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia citizens. The organization serves more than 160 hospitals in Georgia along with the individuals within those institutions.
  • Georgia Pharmacy Association represents Georgia’s pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and their patients. The organization fights for its members at the capitol, provides education and networking opportunities for its members, and gives members the resources they need to do their jobs better and improve their practices as well as their patients’ lives.
  • Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Core Exchange program helps Georgia universities – both private and public – get access to the most advanced research facilities and lab technology. Participating universities share access to each other’s resources.
  • Georgia Rural Health Association is the oldest state rural health association in the country and has a highly active network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals united in their commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians.
  • Georgia Senior Living Association is a non-profit trade association representing Georgia’s senior living industry and the growing population it services. Members range from freestanding assisted living residences and licensed personal care homes to retirement campuses.
  • HomeTown Health is a network of rural hospitals, healthcare providers and best practice business partners who collectively pursue ways to help its membership survive in the environment of constant changes in reimbursement, operations and technology.
  • Institute for Healthcare IT (IHIT) is a non-profit organization that is focused on fostering economic development opportunities and improving the accessibility and quality of healthcare in Georgia through the advancement of technology. IHIT sponsors multiple reports each year, including The Voice of Georgia’s Digital Health Ecosystem, The State of Cybersecurity Among Georgia Hospitals, and Georgia Healthcare IT Workforce Needs.
  • Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has more than 8,000 members, including physicians in every specialty and practice setting and is focused on legislative, legal and third-party payer issues. It’s mission is to enhance patient care and the health of the public by advancing the art and science of medicine and by representing physicians and patients in the policy making process.
  • Technology Alliance of Georgia (TAG) Digital Health is home to more than 35,000 technology professionals across 25 different societies, including one of the most active societies, TAG Digital Health. Throughout the year, this society has active engagement from 5,000 healthcare IT related professionals and hosts multiple events. In addition to Atlanta, TAG has chapters in Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Middle Georgia and Savannah.
Healthcare Providers, Digital Health Vendors and Medical Research Universities
  • Atrium-Navicent Health Center for Disruption and Innovation in Macon, Georgia provides a structured program for startup organizations. The team works closely with ATDC to identify startup companies that can help the health system solve real-world problems. The health system benefits from getting access to the latest technology developments, and the startups get the benefit of proving their value in a ‘living laboratory’ while earning the right to replicate their solution across a growing system of care.
  • GA Hospital CIO Cybersecurity Coalition was formed to create a community of CIOs of hospitals, physician practice groups and healthcare providers so they can exchange ideas and best practices across their organizations to help prepare for and prevent breaches and cyber security attacks. The coalition formed after IHIT worked with 28 CIOs across the state to produce a report entitled, The State of Cybersecurity Among Georgia Hospitals.
  • Georgia Bio is a non-profit, with more than 200 member organizations that is focused on growing the life sciences industry in Georgia. The organization represents biotechnology, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, health IT, research institutes, global health, bio-agriculture and bio-fuel.
  • Morehouse School of Medicine offers a TX Pilot program to support faculty investigators in the development and more rapid implementation of research projects that will generate preliminary data for new discoveries and technologies. It’s Transdisciplinary Center on Health Equity Policy Research and Practice Center also supports innovative research studies that focus on addressing the unmet needs of people in communities that are disproportionately impacted by health disparities, hoping to lead the creation of the next generation of health policy leaders.
Innovation and Collaboration Centers
  • Anthem Innovation Studio As a Fortune 50 health benefits company serving 72M people, Anthem has a multidisciplinary team that is focused on creating new capabilities to enhance the healthcare consumer experience, manage the cost of care, and facilitate provider collaboration. The Innovation Studio in Atlanta’s Technology Square is one of only five centers in the country.
  • Augusta University – Office of Innovation Commercialization is collaborating with IBM and Emory Health System on how advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques can be used to solve intricate health problems like chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular predictions.
  • Center for Global Health Innovation: The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Deloitte and the Georgia Global Health Alliance joined forces to position Georgia as the “center for global health,” which includes creating a health innovation hub in the heart of metro Atlanta to bring together government entities, non-profits and private businesses to positively impact healthcare issues, such as disease eradication, economic development and global public health emergencies.
  • Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub was established in 2018 to help connect Emory Healthcare, one of the nation’s most comprehensive academic health systems, with innovative technology providers to develop, test and implement digital health technology solutions. In addition to its founding partner Sharecare, global companies Verizon, Cerner, Konica Minolta Healthcare, Novo Nordisk, Philips, and Stryker are also partners.
  • Georgia’s Department of Economic Development is directly supportive of the state’s digital health community, as evidenced by being the only state to purchase and host a pavilion at the national HIMSS conference to showcase its strong ecosystem of digital health companies.
  • Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) is focused on helping direct the development, testing, training and commercialization of innovative medical products that improve quality-based outcomes and delivery of healthcare for patients. With its 12,000 square foot medical device design and prototyping center, GCMI helps innovators, entrepreneurs and new product teams bring ideas to market faster. In addition, GCMI has established a partnership with Rambam Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in northern Israel to help commercialize innovative digital health and medical device companies in the US by bringing them to Georgia.
  • Global Health Crisis Coordination Center (GHC3) was tasked by the CDC Foundation to share information and coordinate resources between public health, private sectors and philanthropic organizations during a public health crisis.
  • Russell Center of Innovation and Entreprenuership partners with the Atlanta University Center and several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. As a high-energy, inclusive community with lab-to-market resources for emerging industries, RCIE serves as a catalyst for broader economic and real estate development and progressive social change.
  • The Rural Center of Innovation at Mercer offers the education, community, office space, tools, mentors,student interns, and access to investors that can take an idea from conception to market. Working with organizations such as the Advanced Technology Development Center and the Atlanta Technology Village, the Mercer Innovation Center contributes to making Georgia one of the leading centers for healthcare IT.