Online Training: Health IT Foundations for Clinicians

This training program is designed to introduce to clinicians to the core principles and best practices of clinical informatics and health information technology (HIT). In this 40-hour, 8-week course, participants are introduced to health IT history, terminology, technology, data standards, workflow and design issues in health-related settings. The program covers the use of information and the design of processes and systems that improve health information interactions. Participants also receive an overview of design methodologies and human factors necessary to engage stakeholders within and external to their organizational units. Content is derived primarily from materials created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Completion of this program will require about 4-8 hours of course work per week. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and some domain experience in health care-related settings. Development of this programs was funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , ARRA Grant # 90CC07701 This material is freely available for use by others as stipulated under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


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Practice Role
PharmDs, Pharmacy
Providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, RNs, LPNs)
Providers & Professionals
Setting/Practice Type
Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital
FQHC or Community Health Center
Large Practice 11 or more
Public Health Clinic
Public Hospitals
Small Practice 1 - 10
Specialty Practice
Resource Topics
Staff Development

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