ATLANTA -- The healthcare information technology company athenahealth, Inc. will soon expand into Atlanta, bringing 500 new jobs.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced the company's move on Monday, saying the addition will help forward Atlanta in doing business.
"athenahealth is one of the fastest-growing companies in HIT, an exploding industry in which the largest sector is already thriving in Georgia thanks to our robust telecommunications infrastructure and healthcare system, talented workforce and pro-business environment," Deal said in a statement.
The company will open in Ponce City Market as it makes a $10.8 million investment. A spokeswoman for Deal's office said athenahealth provides cloud-based services for electronic medical records, practice management and care coordination.
"Ponce City Market offers athenahealth everything we could ask for in an office space as we deepen our roots in Atlanta and presents us with the opportunity to provide a daily environment that lives up to the work-life aspirations of our company," said athenahealth chairman and CEO Jonathan Bush. "We are building a national health information backbone that will have a revolutionary impact on the cost and quality of healthcare and are increasingly focused on ensuring our teams work in environments that encourage innovation and collaboration and support the important work we do. With hundreds more future athenistas to hire, we believe Ponce City Market will help us attract the best talent metro Atlanta has to offer."
Based in Watertown, Mass., athenahealth was founded in 1997. In 2009, athenahealth acquired Anodyne Health, which was based in Alpharetta. In consolidating with its Alpharetta team, around 100 workers will move to the new location, and 500 jobs will come over the next five years, the spokeswoman said.
Mayor Kasim Reed called the move a huge win for Atlanta.
"The company's commitment to our city continues Atlanta's successful string of attracting major operations and headquarters of sought-after companies, he said."
Hans Gant, senior vice president of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) said, "Our health IT ecosystem continues to thrive as more companies locate and expand here. The state of Georgia, led by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with MAC and Invest Atlanta, has a concerted effort to focus on the health IT industry cluster, and we are seeing the results of our efforts."
athenahealth appeared on Forbes' list of America's fastest-growing technology companies. It was also ranked by Fast Company as one of the world's top 10 most innovative healthcare companies.