Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech Host Health Information Technology (HIT) Leaders to Mark Certificate Program Launch, Discuss Education Partnership

February 20, 2013

Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech Host Health Information Technology (HIT) Leaders to Mark Certificate Program Launch, Discuss Education Partnership

What:

Administrators from Gwinnett Technical College and the Georgia Institute of Technology will brief leaders from healthcare, education and business about the colleges' Health Information Technology (HIT) education partnership, supported by a $1.65 million grant to boost job creation in the field. The event, on Mon., Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at GTC, will also mark the launch of Gwinnett Tech's one-year HIT Certificate program.

Gwinnett Tech is now enrolling its first class of students in the HIT Certificate program, which begins March 4. The program offers special funding in the form of tuition assistance for veterans, the underemployed and those unemployed to support workforce development in the HIT field.

Who:

  • Sharon Bartels, President, Gwinnett Technical College

  • Stephen Fleming, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • David Harnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

  • Worth Roberts, Regional Vice President, Holon Solutions

  • Philip Paradice, Regional Director, U.S. Economic Development Agency

When:

2 p.m., Mon., Feb. 25

Where:

The Life Sciences Center (Bldg. 900) at Gwinnett Technical College,
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 30044

Contact:

To confirm attendance: durrutia@gwinnetttech.edu

Background:

Health information technology professionals are responsible for organizing and managing health information data and its secure exchange between all users.  A fast-growing field, HIT is increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system. As the health industry continues to advance, health information professionals can expect to be in high demand to successfully navigate patient data and healthcare research. Approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs are anticipated by 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Atlanta area is often referred to as the world capital of Health Information Technology. The Georgia-based HIT sector employs some 15,000 people in the state and the sector's primary businesses are growing at a 40 percent rate, reports the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

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