Payers, Health IT

Anthem plans to build tech hub in Atlanta

Anthem, a payer headquartered in Indianapolis, has signed a lease to build a 352,000 square-foot, 21-story technology center in Georgia’s capital.

Health insurer Anthem has signed a lease to build a 352,000 square-foot, 21-story tech center in midtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Dubbed the Anthem Technology Center, the building will be home to 3,000 IT workers.

Construction is slated to begin in January 2018 and last two years.

The center will be located in Atlanta’s Tech Square, an area filled with tech startups, incubators, research facilities and the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.

In a statement, Jeff Fusile, president of Anthem’s affiliated BCBS health plan in Georgia, elaborated on the new announcement:

This new investment is a critical part of the Tech Square expansion and delivers on the commitment we announced last year to grow our IT footprint in Atlanta and the state. When this building opens in 2020, it will join the city’s dynamic lineup of technology companies, enabling us to tap into the area’s highly skilled talent pipeline.

Though the payer is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, this is not its first endeavor in Georgia’s capital. Atlanta holds the Anthem Innovation Studio, a 6,500 square-foot facility that collaborates with Georgia Tech to bring new ideas to the healthcare space. It opened in the spring of 2016.

In addition to investing in the technology space, Anthem has recently had to put its money toward other causes. In June, the insurer agreed to pay $115 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a 2015 data breach involving the personal information of nearly 80 million individuals.

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