New emids, Availity tech center nears completion

Company already has hired 18 for expansion that will house multiple client teams

Local information technology company emids Technologies will this month finish its 5,000 square foot expansion as part of a new delivery center in partnership with Jacksonville-based Availity.

Rick Fuqua, senior vice president of U.S. delivery, declined to disclose a cost of the expansion project, but called it a "significant investment on our part in support of our clients." The tech company, which also has a base in Bangalore, India, announced the new center and partnership with Availity earlier this summer.

Both IT companies work with hospitals, payers and other health care clients. Availity specializes in revenue cycle management, recently acquiring Brentwood-based RevPoint. emids provides a number of solutions and services, including app development, product engineering and cloud-based software services.

The new tech delivery center is adjacent to emids' current headquarters in Donelson, and will act as a workspace for emids' employees hired for client teams, with the first and largest client being Availity. Fuqua said emids has already hired 18 employees for the Availity team, and expects more additions as part of the long-term plan.

"We're experiencing tremendous growth and demand for services of our platform," said Trent Gavazzi, Availity senior vice president and chief technology officer. "We can only hire so quickly, so we needed a partner that could rapidly expand alongside us."

Gavazzi said the emids teams can focus more specifically on tech projects, like network connectivity, than Availity can do internally. In the future, emids can be certified to build and develop products on the Availity platform for other clients, including some in Nashville.

"We know Nashville has a fantastic pool of health information technology talent, and that was a big reason for tapping emids," Gavazzi said. "There are customers in Nashville that we have worked with or want to do more for, and we'd look to emids as a possible partner for opportunities like that in the future."

As for emids, Fuqua said the company has a few other partnerships in the works to hire additional employees for specific client teams out of the new facility.

"It's a great way to expand our reach from a health care IT services point of view," he said.