5 things to know about Anthem's confirmed Atlanta tech hub

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Payer Anthem will establish a health IT hub in Atlanta over the next six years and create more than 1,800 IT-related jobs.

Here are five things to know about the expansion.

1. The Indianapolis-based parent company of Georgia's largest insurer — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia — confirmed its Atlanta health IT hub at a Wednesday conference with Gov. Nathan Deal (R) at the state's capitol. 

2. Anthem will initially invest $20 million in the hub, including a real estate investment in the city's tallest skyscraper, Bank of America Plaza. The property will allow for close collaboration with its recently opened Anthem Innovation Studio in Atlanta's Tech Square. 

3. Initial reports about the tech hub said Anthem's Bank of America Plaza space would allocate 40,000 square feet and three floors toward IT operations, according to Atlanta Business Chronicle.  

4. The payer expanded operations in Columbus, Ga., in February, adding more than 450 call center and customer services positions, WXIA reports.   

5. "Atlanta has become known as an innovation hotbed, with research facilities, incubators and startups in a highly concentrated area," Tom Miller, senior vice president and CIO at Anthem, said in a prepared statement. "We're looking forward to opportunities for partnerships that help transform healthcare and support exceptional consumer experiences."  

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