Competency Exam Program
Read updates from ONC’s Competency Exam Program, a component of the Health IT Workforce Program, to learn about the development of an exam to assess health IT competencies for individuals completing non-degree training programs.
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We frequently talk about health IT with an emphasis on the technology. But at the heart of the transformation of our health system, it’s really all about people. Above all, it’s about improving care for all Americans.
Today the administration announced two additional programs to support the development of the skilled workforce needed to support broad adoption and use of health IT. Awards totaling $32 million to establish or expand university-based health IT training programs and $6 million dollars to develop a health IT competency testing program will complement the previously announced workforce development program grants established through the Recovery Act.
Today’s announcement of $80 million in Recovery Act funds for workforce training marks the first in a series of HITECH grant programs to address our nation’s growing need for highly skilled and trained health IT professionals. The development of this workforce will have a significant impact through job creation in two fields – technology and health care – that comprise a significant portion of our economy.