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Highlights of Economic and Business Growth in the Tampa Bay Region (News Briefs)
Date:4/7/2009

TAMPA BAY, Fla., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- News briefs concerning economic and business growth in the Tampa Bay Region from the Tampa Bay Partnership:

Humana Cares Opens New National Service Center in Tampa Bay

Humana has expanded its local presence by opening a new 37,000-square-foot national service center for its Humana Cares division in the Carillon area of St. Petersburg. The center currently employs more than 275 associates, adding about 100 associates locally since last fall, and has plans to expand its on-site staff to more than 325 by the end of 2009. Positions to be hired include registered nurses, dieticians, and other health care experts. The need for health care workers and the overall medical industry has remained resilient and is cited as one of the Best 150 Recession Proof Jobs/Industries. Humana, the parent company of Humana Cares, represents Florida's largest Medicare health-benefits company with more than 400,000 members statewide. (Contact: Mitch Lubitz, 813-287-6180, mlubitz@humana.com)

PaperFree Tampa Bay Launches Electronic Prescription Effort

A new public/private partnership called PaperFree Tampa Bay launched a plan to jump-start America's electronic health revolution to make health records completely paper-free. PaperFree Tampa Bay, an initiative led by the University of South Florida and Allscripts, will deploy more than 100 "electronic healthcare ambassadors" with a goal to convert 100 percent of physicians in the Tampa Bay region from paper prescriptions, known to be the cause of costly medical errors, to electronic prescribing. The effort is a first step toward the implementation of Connected Electronic H
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