Support the Health IT Industry in Georgia




Date: March 4, 2015

Subject: Support the Health IT Industry in Georgia          


I have a personal favor to ask of you and your organization on behalf of Georgia’s Health IT industry.  On Friday, January 30, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0.”  It also released an open draft of the “2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory.”


ONC will be accepting public comments on the draft Interoperability Roadmap until 5 p.m. EST on April 3, 2015.  To ensure that Georgia is well represented and demonstrate our position as a significant contributor to the nation’s health IT industry, I would like to submit a coordinated response.  This response strategy centers on two tactics: targeting key industry contributors to submit comments and including the corporate names (logos) of all supporting institutions to our response. 


After reviewing the Interoperability Roadmap, we are pursuing the following for response:


·       Health IT and Information Security companies listed on “Where Georgia Leads”

·       Sponsors of the annual Health IT Leadership Summit

·       Participants currently working with IHIT and the Lt. Governor’s office

·       Higher education institutions focused on Health IT, Security and Interoperability such as i3l


Tino Mantella, president & CEO, Technology Association of Georgia and David Hartnett, vice president, Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber have agreed to partner with me to lead this coordinated effort.  We ask that you click on the link below to show your support by sharing your comment and company name.


Institute of Healthcare IT ONC Interoperability Roadmap Support


Even if your company does not submit a comment, I respectfully ask that you show support of this effort by submitting your companies name in support of Georgia.


As a lifetime technologist with 25 years in healthcare, and a Georgia native, I’m passionate about this industry.  Georgia plays a critical role in advancing the nation’s health IT strategy.  Therefore, we must be engaged in this discussion to continue to drive innovation and economic growth in the health IT industry.



Robert Hendricks

IHIT Board Member

“ IHIT is not intending to influence legislation and this is merely a tool to provide comment and education on the interoperability roadmap.”




Robert Hendricks

Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer

McKesson Technology Solutions

5995 Windward Parkway

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Where Georgia Leads

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