The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded $116 million in funding for Health IT Workforce Development Program. The program's goal was to train the new workforce with Health IT skills that will fill the jobs that would be needed to implement electronic health records and achieve meaningful use. The program has four initiatives.
1. Community College Consortia to educate Health Information Technology Professionals. Includes five regional groups of 82 member community colleges representing all 50 states. Programs are designed for health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less.
2. Program of Assistance for University-Based Training. The program was designed to rapidly and sustainably increase the availability of individuals qualified to serve in specific health IT professional roles requiring university-level training.
3. Curriculum Development Centers. $10 million in federal funds awarded to five domestic institutions of higher education to develop curriculum and instructional materials to enhance workforce training programs primarily at the community college level.
4. Competency Examination Program. Development of a series of competency exams.
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Last Updated: April 2, 2013