Community College Consortia
Read updates from ONCâ€™s Community College Consortia Program, a component of the Health It Workforce Development Program, to learn about how they are helping address the growing demand for highly skilled health IT specialists.
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White House Rural Council’s Health IT Initiative Helps Community Colleges Tailor Programs to Workforce Needs
With a major workforce transition underway in many rural hospitals and health clinics, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a conference call with staff from nearly 80 rural community colleges recently to discuss federal resources available to expand training for health information technology workers.
In late 2009, educators in the 10 northwestern states banded together to answer the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) call for the nation’s community colleges to help train the health IT professionals needed to help providers and hospitals make the transition to adopting and meaningfully using certified electronic health records (EHRs).
When Normandale Community College was first selected by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as a Community College Consortium Program grantee—one of the nation’s critical hubs for health information technology (health IT) training—we were honored and excited to help develop the workforce of today and of the future that would help providers and hospitals all over the country make the transition to using electronic health records (EHRs) and health IT to improve the health of patients. We rolled up our sleeves, dug in, and started the hard work that needed to be done!