The javascript used on this site for creative design effects is not supported by your browser. Please note that this will not affect access to the content on this web site.
Skip Navigation
H H S Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Information Technology and Quality
Improvement

A-Z Index  |  Questions?  |  Order Publications  |  HRSA Mobile

Health IT Training Opportunities and Requirements

Health IT Training Opportunities and Requirements

ONC Health IT Workforce Development Program
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), provided funds to establish the Health IT Workforce Development Program. The goal is to train a new workforce of health IT professionals who will be ready to help providers implement electronic health records to improve health care quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness.  Below are links for more information on the ONC Health IT workforce training programs.

New: Enhanced Health IT teaching materials now available to the public. To obtain the materials, go to http://www.onc-ntdc.org exit disclaimer or http://www.onc-ntdc.info exit disclaimer to set up a profile and download the components.

  •  Community College Consortia Program: Currently there are over 80 community colleges in the United States that offer health IT training programs for professionals. Most of these programs offer generous tuition reimbursement and grants. Please see ONC’s website for more information on the health IT workforce training programs.

  •  University-Based Health IT Training Programs: This program is designed to rapidly and sustainably increase the availability of individuals qualified to serve in specific health IT professional roles requiring university-level training. Most of these programs offer generous tuition reimbursement and grants. Please see ONC’s website for more information on the health IT workforce training programs.

  • Competency Examination Program: This program was created to develop health IT competency examinations for individuals completing short-term, non-degree training programs, and members of the workforce with relevant experience or others types of training. Free exam vouchers, enabling individuals to take their first exam at no cost, will be available for students trained through the Community College Consortia program and for other individuals with relevant experience, training, or education in health care or IT.  If you are a safety net provider interested in having your staff take the competency exam, please contact healthit@hrsa.gov. For more information, please see the ONC website.

    New: VA to provide Veterans with Vouchers for Health IT Competency Exams. The VA Office of Rural Health (ORH) is partnering with ONC to promote and distribute health IT training materials to Veterans living in rural areas. In addition, ORH is providing free vouchers to Veterans living in rural areas to take the health IT competency exams. For more information, please see the ORH website.

  • American Medical Informatics Association’s 10x10 Programexit disclaimer: The American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) 10x10 program utilizes curricular content from existing informatics training programs and other AMIA educational initiatives with a special emphasis toward those programs with a proven track record in distance learning. The content provides a framework but also covers plenty of detail, especially in areas such as electronic and personal health records, health information exchange, standards and terminology, and health care quality and error prevention.

    Currently AMIA's 10x10 courses cover the following topics in the field of informatics:
        1. Clinical or health informatics
        2. Clinical research informatics
        3. Translational bioinformatics
        4. Nursing informatics
        5. Public Health informatics

  • Marine Biology Laboratory’s Informatics Class exit disclaimer: These funded week-long survey courses are designed to familiarize individuals with the application of information science and computer technologies in health care, biomedical research, and health professions education.  Taught by a nationally known faculty, the course will prepare the student to become actively involved in making informed decisions about computer-based tools in his/her organizational environment, and improve the student's own computer skills.

  • Health Information Management Systems Society exit disclaimer: The Health Information Management Systems Society HIMSS offer programs where you learn from the experts at your own pace and place through HIMSS Online Learning, the industry portal to industry expertise and practical training. HIMSS offers classes that students can towards earning a professional accreditation in health IT areas.

  • National Library of Medicine exit disclaimer: The National Library of Medicine is the foremost authority on health informatics training, education, and standards. The Library funds and offers many non credit and credit training opportunities in health IT for clinicians and non clinicians.

 

  • The Alliance for Health Reform exit disclaimer: The Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit details recent reports finding that the shortage of qualified staff is becoming a bigger barrier than costs to implementing such health information technology as electronic medical records.
Video Forum

Joining the Health IT Revolution: Dr. Mostashari Congratulates Community College Consortia Graduates (Office of the National Coordinator)

Health IT Graduates Encouraged to Continually Strive for Improvement (Office of the National Coordinator)