Read updates from ONC’s Program of Assistance for University-Based Training to learn about how select colleges and universities are establishing new or expanded training programs to train their graduates in health IT professional roles.
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Helping Students Launch Health Information Technology Careers: A Look at the Oregon Health & Science University-Based Training Program
I was amazed at the enthusiasm and interest the instructors and staff all showed. Everyone genuinely wants to make a difference in the lives of patients by providing clinicians with better tools. —Lorraine Bessmer, Applications Systems Analyst, Legacy Health Systems, Portland, Oregon
The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) health information technology (health IT) training program is among the nation’s oldest. One of nine institutions funded through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Program of Assistance for University-Based Training (UBT), OHSU draws health IT students from Oregon and many other states.
The educational experience from the distinguished faculty was unlike any other. The program made us thinkers and knowledge seekers. The faculty has tremendous experience in identifying the right strengths in a student. They felt that I should take on a leadership role, and encouraged me with right mentorship. The direction from faculty has made me shift my focus in seeking leadership opportunities from consulting roles. — Venkata (Vinnie) Rao, Indiana University, Class of 2011; CIO and Enterprise System Analyst for Indiana’s Secretary of State
The Program of Assistance for University-Based Training (UBT), which is part of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Workforce Development Program, is designed to rapidly and sustainably increase the availability of individuals qualified to serve in specific health information technology (health IT) professional roles requiring university-level training.
The nine colleges and universities that received a grant under this program are charged with promptly establishing new and/or expanded training programs, many of which can be completed in a year or less.
This blog post focuses on the Texas PURE-HIT consortium, the largest of the UBT grants, tasked with training 320 new health IT workers by summer 2013.