From The Gainesville Sun
Azalea Health, a Georgia-based health care software provider, has chosen Gainesville for corporate expansion with plans to create 10 jobs over the next year.
The company has moved into the Ayers Technology Plaza in Innovation Square, which CEO Baha Zeidan described as a “natural and comfortable fit.”
Gainesville’s thriving medical community coupled with the computer-science student population creates the perfect formula for growing health care IT companies, he said.
“All the components of a healthy ecosystem are available in Gainesville to help tech companies build business and growth,” Zeidan said. “We’re going to have a great pool of talent to help us grow our business there.”
The company is now recruiting local software developers, programmers and engineers. Interested candidates should visit Azaleahealth.com/careers.
Azalea Health provides secure cloud-based software for small physician practices, eliminating investment and infrastructure costs, spokeswoman Tamyra Hyatt said. Software products are available for electronic health records, medical practice management and medical billing.
The five-year-old company has 46 employees with headquarters in Valdosta, Ga., and satellite offices in Savannah, Ga., and Macon, Ga.
Gov. Rick Scott announced the expansion through a news release Friday.
As Gainesville gains an image as a tech hub, companies are taking notice.
Innovation Square has lured information technology companies such as Mindtree and Mobiquity, and international publishing company CurtCo Media. Philadelphia-based branding agency 160over90 opened a downtown office last September.
Ed Poppell, who is in charge of overseeing development in Innovation Square, said Health Azalea is “the type of company that our community has to attract, one that will expand and create more jobs.”
The Gainesville Council for Economic Outreach, Innovation Square and Enterprise Florida have been working with Azalea Health since April 2013, the council said in a news release.
“The creation of 10 new jobs, as well as the potential for growth in our area, will help bolster our efforts at the retention of our local graduates to live and work in our community,” said John Carlson, council chairman.
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