Government Allocates $144M to Train Health IT Workers

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology plans to spend $144 million in grant money to help college and universities train healthcare IT workers starting next fall, according to a report by ComputerWorld.

More than 80 community colleges and universities will receive grant money, which aims to train students to fill around 50,000 jobs needed to assist doctors and hospitals with EMR roll-out.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has divided the curriculum into 12 specific roles that can be broken down into two categories: those that require only a six-month certification program and those that require between one and three years of training.

On average, each college and university will receive around $1 million. Money for the training was included in the 2009 HITECH Act.

Read the ComputerWorld report on IT training grants.

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