ATLANTA, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Georgia will get a healthy boost to its economy this year when leading 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."
The new Kaiser Permanente IT campus will consist of 157,000 square feet and will anchor the building located at 1375 Peachtree Street, NE. The location offers easy access to major highways and public transit.
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."
HealthConnect®, Kaiser Permanente's electronic health record, is the largest non-governmental medical record system in the world. KP HealthConnect enables Kaiser Permanente's 17,000 physicians to electronically access the medical records of its approximately 9.6 million members nationwide and serves as a model for other care systems.
Through its personal health records system My Health Manager, members can email their doctors, schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, and view lab results from their computers and mobile devices. In 2014 Kaiser Permanente members viewed more than 78 million test results, sent more than 20 million emails to their physicians, filled 17 million prescriptions, and booked 4 million appointments through My Health Manager.
"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."
Individuals interested in applying for a position with Kaiser Permanente may visit www.kp.org/jobs.
About Kaiser Permanente Georgia
Kaiser Permanente is Georgia's largest not-for-profit health plan. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves nearly 280,000 members in a 28-county service area in metro Atlanta with care focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of heath care providers. Expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America's leading health care providers, serving approximately 9.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit share.kp.org.