The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will conduct a series of surveys and focus groups to evaluate new programs at community colleges to train health information technology professionals through intensive courses lasting up to six months.

The training, funded through stimulus dollars and authorized under the HITECH Act to lessen a shortage of I.T. talent in the industry, started this fall. The goal of the community college courses, along with 12-month courses at several universities, is to reduce an expected health I.T. workforce shortage of 50,000 by 85 percent.

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