With the federal government estimating there is a nationwide health information technology workforce shortage of about 50,000 employees, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that the city will gain around 300 health IT jobs by the end of 2012 as health-records vendor Allscripts expands.
Allscripts to add 300 jobs in Chicago
Emanuel, who took office in May, said in a news release that Allscripts also has committed to holding its annual users group meeting at McCormick Place, Chicago's lakefront convention center, from 2012 through 2014. The August meeting is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors each year, according to the mayor's office.
"I am committed to creating an economic climate in Chicago that attracts and retains businesses and encourages growth and investment," Emanuel said. "Allscripts' commitment to bring 300 jobs to Chicago and invest in the city's future by holding the annual users conference here through 2014 is proof of our economic competitiveness."
Allscripts, formerly based in the Chicago suburb of Libertyville, began moving a portion of its corporate staff into the city's Merchandise Mart in December 2004. The company, then known as Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, exited Libertyville in March 2009 with the sale of its prescription-drug supply unit to A-S Medication Solutions, according to company spokeswoman Claire Weingarden.
Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman said in the release that the company is looking forward to expanding its relationship with Chicago. Allscripts ranked 17th on the 2011 Fast 50 list from Modern Healthcare sister publication Crain's Chicago Business ranking the Chicago area's fastest-growing companies. It has leased additional space in the Merchandise Mart to accommodate the new positions in sales, product development, implementation and services, according to Allscripts' news release.
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