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Health IT Firm Athenahealth Plans Expansion

Health information technology firm athenahealth, which offers electronic health records and care coordination products, will expand and create hundreds of new jobs in Georgia and Massachusetts.

Georgia Health News: Major Health IT Firm To Expand In State
The booming health IT industry in Georgia is getting a little bigger. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that athenahealth Inc. will expand its presence in the state, creating 500 new jobs and investing $10.8 million. athenahealth provides cloud-based services for electronic health records, practice management and care coordination. Based in Watertown, Mass., the company acquired Alpharetta-based Anodyne Health in 2009. athenahealth will consolidate its Alpharetta workforce of about 100 at its new location at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, and will add 500 additional jobs over the next five years, Deal’s office said (Miller, 6/24).

The Boston Globe: 1,900 New Jobs, $9.5m Tax Break For Athenahealth
Athenahealth Inc., one of the companies leading efforts to computerize health care records across the country, has promised to add 1,900 workers at its Watertown headquarters in exchange for a state tax break, the biggest economic development deal reached with Massachusetts in years. The electronic medical records company, which already has nearly 1,100 employees in Watertown, pledged to nearly triple that by 2022 in exchange for $9.5 million in state tax credits under a tentative deal worked out with Massachusetts economic development officials. The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council is expected to formally sign off on the tax break at its meeting on Wednesday (Wallack and Weisman, 6/25). 

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