Local challenges. Global opportunities.
Health NXT thrives when bringing together communities of visionary practitioners, forward-thinking executives, promising entrepreneurs, and savvy investors, all intent on changing healthcare for the better.
What started out in Atlanta in 2018 has now spread to Nashville and Birmingham, with several new cities in pilot stage, and national expansion on the horizon.
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While the healthcare landscape in each city is unique, each offers opportunities to change for the greater good.
Atlanta’s unique assets include a booming Health IT community coupled with strong foundational hospital systems, including Emory Healthcare, WellStar Health System, and Piedmont Healthcare. The state’s more than 400 hospitals and 200 health IT companies are fed by health tech talent from universities like Georgia Tech, Emory and Georgia State,
Technology hubs such at the Atlanta Tech Village and ATDC foster growing healthcare startups; Qgenda, ShareCare and PatientCo have all made their start here. Innovative programs like the ATDC Healthcare Technology program, GlobalHealthATL, and others are creating a real sense of health innovation community.
Atlanta is also a hotbed for healthcare research, with global health giants like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Carter Center, CARE, and Emory’s Global Health Institute all calling the city home.
Why Birmingham? “From steel-mills to start-ups, Birmingham is and has always been a city of builders and makers,” says Josh Carpenter, director of the city’s Office of Economic Development. Alabama’s multifaceted biosciences industry generates $7.3 billion in economic activity annually while supporting 780 companies and nearly 48,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state.
These findings underscore the contributions and growth potential of the statewide life sciences sector, a robust combination of research institutions, medical labs, innovative startups, international pharmaceutical manufacturers, and more.
Beyond the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Southern Research, and the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute, Alabama is also home to multinational companies involved in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing. A number of innovative startup companies have sprung up in Birmingham and across Alabama, with many of them based at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Birmingham’s Innovation Depot, the Southeast’s largest technology business incubator.
Nashville has arguably helped shape the nation’s healthcare landscape over the past five decades. With an estimated 900 companies in its health ecosystem, globally, Nashville’s healthcare industry generates more than $92 billion in revenue and in excess of 570,000 jobs. Eighteen publicly-traded companies call Nashville their headquarters, and the health innovation entrepreneurs have garnered in excess of $1 billion in venture capital in the past decade, according to the Nashville Healthcare Council.
Home to healthcare giant Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Nashville’s diverse ecosystem includes hospital management, ambulatory and outpatient surgery, long-term care, behavioral health, population health, extensive academic research, and a thriving healthcare IT community.