ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), in conjunction with the Health IT Leadership Summit, selected four of the region's most innovative health IT industry leaders as recipients of 2014 MAC Phoenix Awards. Symbolic of the iconic "rising of the ashes" of the Phoenix – representative of strength, tenacity and leadership – the awards are given to companies that have made outstanding contributions to the growth of the health IT industry in Georgia. Winners were announced at the fifth annual Health IT Leadership Summit, held Nov. 20, at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.
"This year's MAC Phoenix Award recipients are truly industry leaders, developing cutting-edge technologies and innovations that will transform our healthcare system and vastly improve our quality of life," said David Hartnett, vice president, Economic Development, Industry Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber. "Their leadership and vision is fueling the growth of the health IT industry in Georgia, further strengthening our position as the nation's health IT capital." Click to Tweet.
Awards were presented in four categories: Start-up Company of the Year; Emerging Company of the Year; University Advancement of the Year; and Community Leader of the Year. Winners are as follows:
- Start-Up Company of the Year: Sensiotec, Robert Arkin, CEO
- Emerging Company of the Year: Azalea Health, Baha Zeidan, co-founder and CEO
- University Advancement of the Year: Center for Health Information Technology, Georgia State University
- Community Leader of the Year: James R. Morrow, MD, Morrow Family Medicine
The awards program was created by MAC to highlight the major role the health IT industry plays in Georgia's economy. The health IT industry in Georgia leads the nation with more than 200 companies and over 30,000 jobs. The eight metro Atlanta companies ranked among the top 100 in the nation in 2014 by Healthcare Informatics Magazine have cumulative revenues of almost $5 billion.
About the Health IT Leadership Summit
Created in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia's Health Society, the Health IT Leadership Summit brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovation to enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people. The Summit ranks as one of the nation's premier health IT events, with more than 900 business leaders, healthcare providers, and public and private organizations representatives expected to attend this year. http://healthitleadershipsummit.com/
About the Metro Atlanta Chamber
Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber is about building our economy and creating prosperity to help metro Atlanta thrive. We focus on helping small businesses and mid-size companies grow, helping entrepreneurs get started, and recruiting companies nationally and internationally in our key industries: bioscience, clean technology, health IT, mobility, supply chain and advanced manufacturing, and technology. In public policy, we tackle critical issues to support infrastructure and quality of life. For members, we offer 200+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC's Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years. www.metroatlantachamber.com.
SOURCE The Metro Atlanta Chamber