Posted by Heidi Schwartz
Georgia will get a healthy boost to its economy when health care provider Kaiser Permanente opens a new information technology (IT) campus in midtown Atlanta. Kaiser Permanente plans to create approximately 900 new IT jobs by 2019, bringing Kaiser Permanente’s total presence in Georgia to more than 4,000 employees and physicians.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed welcomed the news. “We’re thrilled that Kaiser Permanente is bringing new jobs to Atlanta. Kaiser Permanente recognizes the Atlanta area as the ‘silicon peach’—one of the fastest growing regions for information technology work.”
Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, agreed. “It’s a perfect match: Kaiser Permanente is a leader in health care innovation, and they chose Georgia because we’re a top state for technology talent and a great place to do business.”
Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, added, “We are excited that Kaiser Permanente has chosen Atlanta for its new IT campus. This investment in our region will create critical technology jobs and underscores metro Atlanta’s reputation as a hub for talent and innovation.”
Kaiser Permanente is known for its leadership in health information technology. The health care provider, which is Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health plan serving nearly 280,000 members, uses industry-leading technology to deliver high quality, personalized care to its members and patients.
“Our IT organization drives the technology that enables Kaiser Permanente to coordinate patient care and improve health outcomes,” said Kaiser Permanente Chief Information Officer Dick Daniels. “These new technology employees will be essential to our mission to provide the best care possible and empower our members to take an active role in managing their health and wellness.”
“We are delighted to bring a new IT campus to Georgia,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia. “The Atlanta area is a strong health technology hub with a high availability of tech talent, making it the ideal location for Kaiser Permanente’s new IT campus. We’re happy to be supporting Georgia’s economy with a healthy dose of new high tech jobs and to further demonstrate our commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities that we serve.”