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Governor Jay Nixon announced today (Tuesday) that a computer software company in Ozark is expanding and will create new jobs. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
The expansion of the software provider HealthMedX will provide 65 new jobs over the next five years. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the new jobs at a press conference, noting that state-funded incentives are partially responsible for the company's success. These jobs include software developers, quality control analysts, trainers and technical support personnel. Nixon says the demand for healthcare software will continue to rise as the healthcare industry keeps growing.
"To keep pace with that demand, I am pleased to announce today that the company has qualified for, and is in the process of hiring over the next five years, 65 new employees in these high-paying, high-tech positions over the next five years, and also make an additional capital investment in this region of a million dollars, which will provide a continued, significant boost to this economy.”
Dr. Jim Atteberry, Chief Executive Officer at HealthMedX, explains why the company has done so well over the past decade.
“A source of talent from Missouri State, and the funds from the Department of Economic Development, at the time, were critical at the time. Those are innovations by the state. Without those innovations being made, we wouldn’t be looking at this industry here today, I’m absolutely confident in that.”
HealthMedX started back in 1999 and is currently the largest U.S.-based provider of computer software for heathcare. It specializes in working with clinics that focus on long-term and post-acute care. The company has more that 3,000 clients across the U.S., and sells products geared toward helping clients with electronic record keeping in both patient clinical and billing records. Nixon says this company is an example of why the investment of state funds is critical to lowering the unemployment rate in Missouri.
“We want to be a partner in the continued growth of this organization. We want to be an investor in the future of this company and this region, and the tax-payers and the people of the state of Missouri are proud to have the leaders here at HealthMedX as part of the growing team that’s moving our economy forward."
HealthMedX is also making an investment of $1 million to expand its building and purchase new machinery and equipment.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark