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Expanding Health Information Technology Education

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ARRA Funds Advance Health Information Technology (HIT) by Educating Professionals

EurekAlert! reports that Oregon Health & Science University has been awarded $5.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to advance the widespread adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (HIT) by educating professionals to work in this rapidly growing field.

Through this recovery act funding, OHSU will provide financial aid for nearly 140 new students to enroll in and complete the university’s online Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Informatics. The funding also will allow at least 12 students to enroll in and complete OHSU’s on-campus master’s degree program. All financial aid under this grant is for students in graduate-level programs requiring a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for admission.

Students receiving financial aid will be required to choose among six career paths:

  • Clinician/public health leader
  • Health information management and exchange specialist
  • Health information privacy and security specialist
  • Research and development scientist
  • Programmers and software engineer
  • Health IT sub-specialist

Awards totaling $84 million to 16 universities and junior colleges will support training and development of more than 50,000 new health IT professionals.

Additionally Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) awards totaling $60 million were provided to four advanced research institutions ($15 million each) to focus on solving current and future challenges that represent barriers to adoption and meaningful use of health IT.

Los Rios Community College District is one of five community college districts in the nation selected to participate in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to establish computerized health information training programs.

Los Rios received a grant of $5.4 million for the project, Rep. Doris Matsui said in a news release Tuesday. The district will act as the lead institution for a consortium of 14 colleges in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

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