The Office of the National Coordinator has awarded $84 million in funding for the Health Information Workforce Development Program. This program, by developing skilled IT professionals, is designed to encourage, implement, and maintain support systems for electronic health records. Specifically, the Health IT Workforce Development Plan has four main objectives to support training and certification of skilled workers: (1) the development of high quality education materials; (2) community college non-degree training programs; (3) a competency exam program to evaluate trainee knowledge and skills; and (4) university-based training programs for specialized health IT roles.
Education & Workforce Development
This article discusses the multitude of impact meaningful use has had on healthcare. These impacts can be seen by way of the accomplishment of the objectives for patients, providers, and from a public health standpoint.
Many people prefer the option of virtual learning, especially busy healthcare professionals, interested consumers, faculty and students who want to better understand health informatics, but need a flexible and on-demand environment easily adaptable to their own schedules.
In today's world, there are many challenges to finding, hiring and keeping qualified HIT pros. Here's a look at those as well as 6 best practices.
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be used as a crystal ball to the future direction of health care, we actually have a golden opportunity to realign and support quality care with payment incentives. Health IT tools, and continuing HIT education at all levels, is imperative to not just surviving, but thriving, in the era of the ACA.