"health IT workforce" Posts

Portrait of William Hersh, MD

A Retrospective on the HITECH Workforce Development Program

William Hersh, MD | March 10, 2014

For those of us involved in educating the workforce of health information technology (HIT) professionals and leaders, the past few years have been quite a journey. While funding for the HITECH Workforce Development Program has ended, the longer-term goal of creating the experts who develop, implement, and evaluate health IT across the health care system goes on.

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Portrait of Chitra Mohla

Health IT Workforce Training Programs: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Chitra Mohla |

If you want to get out of medicine the fullest enjoyment, be students all your lives.
David Riesman (1867- 1940)

Funding for the ONC Health IT Workforce Training Programs, first awarded in March 2010, ended on September 30, 2013. The goal of this program was to train a workforce that would be ready to usher in the digital information age in health care.

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Portrait of Dr. Susan Fenton, PURE-HIT Principal Investigator

University-Based Training: A Look at Texas’ PURE-HIT Program

Dr. Susan Fenton, PURE-HIT Principal Investigator | August 30, 2011

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,

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Portrait of Jessica S. Ancker

University-Based Training: A Look at Columbia and Cornell

Jessica S. Ancker | June 20, 2011

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 IT professional roles requiring university-level training.

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Portrait of CAPT Alicia Morton, DNP, RN-BC

UBT Program: Preparing the Health IT Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

CAPT Alicia Morton, DNP, RN-BC | May 12, 2011

The modernization of health care through information technology calls for a much larger workforce than the one we currently have that will be required to help providers and hospitals make meaningful use of health information technology (health IT) including electronic health records (EHRs).  In fact, there is a projected shortfall of approximately 51,000 qualified health IT workers over the next four years.

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