Kaiser promises 900 jobs for Atlanta
Kaiser Permanente will open a new health IT campus in midtown Atlanta. The move is expected to create 900 new IT jobs by 2019, bringing Kaiser Permanente's total presence in Georgia to more than 4,000 employees and physicians.
"We're thrilled that Kaiser Permanente is bringing new jobs to Atlanta," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "Kaiser Permanente recognizes
the Atlanta area as the 'silicon peach' one of the fastest growing regions for information technology work."
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The new 157,000 square-foot Kaiser campus provides easy access to major highways and public transit.
Kaiser is Georgia's largest not-for-profit health plan serving nearly 280,000 members.
"Our IT organization drives the technology that enables Kaiser Permanente to coordinate patient care and improve health outcomes," said Kaiser Permanente CIO Dick Daniels, in a news release. "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's 17,000 physicians to electronically access the medical records of its approximately 9.6 million members nationwide, and the system serves as a model.
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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, in a statement. "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."
More on available positions here.