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October 25, 2011
Gwinnett Tech is a Finalist for Intel Innovation Award
Winner to be Announced at Health IT Leadership Summit on November 8
Gwinnett Technical College is one of four finalists for the Intel Innovation Award, a part of the 2011 Health IT Leadership Summit, which recognizes companies developing leading-edge technology to improve healthcare delivery and processes.
Gwinnett Tech shares the nomination with its partner Georgia Tech. The two colleges were recently awarded a $1.65 million grant to enhance the state's capabilities in health information technology (HIT). Gwinnett Tech's role will be to develop and offer a one-year certificate program for college credit in health information technology, specifically designed to help veterans, the underemployed and those unemployed enter the fast-growing HIT field. GTC also launched a two-year associate degree program in HIT this fall.
Health information technology (HIT) is the umbrella term used to describe the comprehensive management of health information across computerized systems and its secure exchange between all users. HIT is increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system.
The winner of the Intel Innovation Award will be announced at the summit. The finalists are:
Gwinnett Tech/Georgia Tech
AirStrip Technologies, Inc.
"It was a very tough decision for the judges," said Pat Williams, chairwoman for the 2011 Summit. "We received 26 entries, and the Innovation Committee whittled that down to 11 semifinalists. The blue chip panel of six judges looked at each of the semifinalists to decide how unique and impactful the applicant's solution was in regards to the challenges facing our health delivery process."
The inaugural Intel Innovation Award recognizes companies showing exceptional innovation, which is one of the key pillars necessary for a thriving health IT cluster, explains Glen Whitley of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Georgia's core strengths in education, software and information technology provide the resources needed for health IT companies to innovate and grow, and have been a major reason for our critical mass in this sector," said Whitley.
The Summit ranks as one of the nation's premier health IT events and was founded in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Health. More than 111 leading health IT companies participated and over 500 people attended the first event, which highlighted Georgia's leadership in the industry and addressed the actions needed to build and sustain a premier health IT workforce and build a robust health IT cluster. Attendance for the second annual Summit is expected to top 500 people.
The Health IT Leadership Summit runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on November 8, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Additional information and registration details are available at www.GAHealthIT.com.
GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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