While training office staff and clinicians is one of the larger costs of electronic health record (EHR) implementation, training is crucial to realizing the full potential of your EHR. You can also use the following training materials, training tips, and educational opportunities to ensure your organization is ready for EHR implementation.
- The Health IT Workforce Curriculum Components website offers free health IT training materials. You can set up a profile and use the materials to create EHR implementation training programs for office staff and clinicians in your organization.
- The Health Resources and Services Administration suggests factors you should consider when developing a training plan and provides EHR implementation training materials.
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) funds the Health IT Workforce Development Program. The program includes community college and post-graduate training for health workers with broad opportunities for distance learning.
- The Health Resources and Services Administration provides information about several Health IT Training Opportunities and Requirements.
Your Local Regional Extension Center Can Help
Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are located in every region of the country to help health care providers select, implement, and become adept and meaningful users of electronic health records (EHR). RECs often provide on-site EHR implementation training, as well as training resources and advice. Contact your local REC to find out if you are eligible for free or reduced-price local EHR implementation support.
For More Information
For more information on EHR implementation training, see the following resources.