The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has publicly released a no-cost, updated version of the instructional materials used in its community college health IT training programs, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 3/29).
ONC has allocated $69.2 million for its Community College Consortia initiative, which is part of the office's Health IT Workforce Development Program.
The community college initiative aims to train thousands of new health IT professionals through intensive, nondegree educational programs that can be completed in six months or less (iHealthBeat, 9/6/11).
Details on Instructional Materials
The updated materials are available for the general public and educational institutions. ONC also released materials for an interactive lab that uses an educational version of the Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA electronic health record system.
ONC designed the materials to provide health IT training to:
- Clinician/practitioner consultants;
- Implementation managers;
- Implementation support specialists;
- Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists; and
- Technical/software support staff and trainers (Health Data Management, 3/29).