Health IT Education Programs in the New Year

Health IT Education Programs in the New Year

Seven Health IT Education Programs to Explore

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Posts has us swimming Health IT education. From the Bureau of Labor statistics, the ONC is projecting the need for an additional 51,000 HIT workers in the next five years. The current work force does not have the skills to met the future jobs. The jobs will be filled by new people entering the work force along with others transitioning from IT and clinical health care professions. Here are seven ways to get health IT education.

The HITECH Act provided for ONC funding of the Workforce Development Program which consists of four initiatives. Three of them fund education programs.

The Community College Consortia consists of 82 community colleges in five regional groups throughout the US. The programs are designed for professionals with an IT or health care background.

The Health IT Professional Exams (HIT Pro Exams) are competency based in six health IT workforce roles. They align with the Community College Consortia programs.

University-Based Training was designed to support training for professional roles that require university-level programs. The funded schools established new or expanded programs.

The 4Med Training Program is a self-paced online educational program focusing on the health IT industry. Programs include certification such as Certified EMR Office Professional (CEOP), Certified Healthcare Technology Professional (CHTP), Certified Healthcare Technology Hiring Professional (CHTHP), and others. Enrollees can also participate in a web-based community of HIT professionals through the 4MEdProNetwork.

The Harvard School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education, Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care. A program for health care leaders, participants will obtain the knowledge necessary to effectively design, develop, and deploy health IT.

Health IT Certification offers online certification programs for CPHIT, CPEHR, CPHIE, and the new CPORA. They are currently offering a complimentary Meaningful Use online training course.

The College of Health Care Professions offers online Health Information Technology programs that meet the competencies outlined by industry certification guidelines.

12 Days of Christmas Posts

Day 1: No Reindeer Games Here – It’s a Health IT Sledfest
Day 2: A Year of Health Information Technology on Twitter
Day 3: Health IT Business News Wrap-Up – December 16, 2012
Day 4: Health Information Technology Year End List of Lists
Day 5: A Year of Healthcare Podcasts
Day 6: ONC Highlights – Year in Review