HRSA Grants Fund Rural HIT Training

The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded grants totaling $5.3 million for information technology training and expanded use of telehealth in rural areas.

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I hope that this is a much different HITECH training offering. The HIT training which was part of the HITECH Act, was a dismal failure. Well maybe not a total failure, we did get tens of thousands of candidates trained and some even received certification after taking the exam.

The failure that I speak of, refers to training and preparing candidates for work in the HIT industry, to address our shortage partly due to the mandates of the HITECH Act.

Today many (probably 95%) of the certified individuals from the HIT training have not been hired into the HIT industry. Many, if not all had IT or Healthcare experience before taking the HIT training, but still cannot get a fulltime job in HIT. WHY.... Because they have no practical experience and the healthcare industry in moving hurriedly toward MU 1 & 2, and with these deadlines, hospitals nor vendors have time to train all new recruits.

The solution is simple and I hope that this new training will address the issues with the earlier training offering;

The program has to be multi prong; Online or classroom training of HIT content, but more important is the practical or OJT portion of the program. We need vendors and healthcare orgs to step up, partner up and accept some of the students as interns, to allow them the opportunity to shadow and receive real-time project experience.

If anyone would like for mew to elaborate, please reach out to me: Ernest@HITECHconsultingfirm.com

Thanks
Posted by Ernest W | Monday, September 16 2013 at 10:22PM ET
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