ATLANTA (September 8, 2015) — What do Greenway, CardioMEMS and Pursuant have in common? They were all past winners of the Intel Innovation Award, Georgia’s premiere health information technology award recognizing companies that develop leading-edge technology and unique approaches to improving health and healthcare delivery processes.

“The Intel Innovation Award recognizes large and small companies, universities, hospitals and physician practices that are using technology to innovate and improve patient care and outcomes,” said Turner Taliaferro Smith, Health IT Leadership Summit chairman.  “There is a lot of talent in Atlanta and we’re looking to promote and recognize that.”

After interviews and research, a designated committee makes their final decision based upon factors such as magnitude of the benefits, current and future impact, quality of care and impact on workflow. Intel has been a strong supporter and sponsor of this award for five consecutive years.

The award deadline is 5 p.m., Mon., Sept. 28. Finalists will be announced in mid-October and the winner will be recognized at the Atlanta Health IT Leadership Summit on Nov 3. at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center.

Georgia has become a hotbed for health IT (HIT) companies, both veteran and startup, Smith said. Georgia holds down the nation’s top spot with more than 225 HIT companies, nine of which have cumulative revenues of close to $5 billion.

Metro Atlanta ranks in the top five U.S. markets for total bandwidth and fiber access and two of the country’s largest fiber routes – north/south and east/west – cross in metro Atlanta. The region’s powerful technology grid sustains health IT business expansion.

Another award recognizing technology innovation is the Health IT Student Innovation Award. This award recognizes Health Science, Business and Computer Science students who work as a team and design mobile applications to aid healthcare providers in the education and training of patients. Entries are due by 12 p.m. on Oct. 2, and awards will be announced at the Summit.

About the Health IT Leadership Summit

Now in its sixth year, the 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. Supported by a founding partnership that includes the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society, the event will offer attendees a full day of informational sessions, innovative exhibits and networking opportunities centered around the theme of “Connecting Healthcare…Making IT Work for You.” Key presentation topics will focus on interoperability, IT security, clinical applications and funding. To learn more about this year’s Summit — including information regarding sponsorship and registration — visit http://www.HealthITLeadershipSummit.com, or follow @HealthITSummit on Twitter.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com. For information on Intel’s healthcare efforts, visit www.intel.com/healthcare.