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Health IT Workforce

Health IT Workforce Initiatives

To address the growing demand for a highly skilled health IT workforce, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) funds the Health IT Workforce Development Program. The program includes training for health workers now employed in rural practices and facilities, with broad opportunities for distance learning.

  • Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists
  • Clinician/practitioner consultants
  • Implementation support specialists
  • Implementation managers
  • Technical/software support specialists
  • Trainers
  • Program of Assistance for University-Based Training: Nine grants totaling $32 million have been awarded to colleges and universities to quickly establish or expand health IT training programs for health IT professional roles requiring training at the university level. The colleges and universities focus on training students for the following professional roles:
  • Clinician or public health leader
  • Health information management and exchange specialist
  • Health information privacy and security specialist
  • Research and development scientist
  • Programmers and software engineer
  • Health IT sub-specialist

For More Information

For more health IT workforce information, see the following resources.