Federal Agency Steps Up With Grants To Expand Health IT Work Force
During a telephone press conference on Tuesday morning, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal announced that HHS has allocated $80 million in grants to help address an estimated shortage of 50,000 health IT workers, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 11/24).
The funding includes $70 million to create community college health IT training programs and $10 million to develop educational materials to support those programs (Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 11/24).
According to Blumenthal, the grants will establish six-month, intensive, non-degree training programs aimed at individuals with some background in health care or IT. Participating community colleges will coordinate their efforts through five regional consortia (Manos, Healthcare IT News, 11/24).
Mary Jo Deering of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said officials estimate that 70 community colleges will participate in the effort (Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 11/24).Â
The new programs are expected to train 10,000 health IT workers annually (Modern Healthcare, 11/24).
The funding earmarked for health IT training was authorized by the federal stimulus package.
Blumenthal said more details on the training programs will be released in the next several weeks (Healthcare IT News, 11/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.