Health IT Certification, which offers online training, continuing education and certification courses, recently began offering regional extension centers a substantial discount with an order of at least 250 licenses.

To date, three centers have contracted with the Pahrump, Nev.-based company for the courses to help clinicians and staff at provider organizations prepare for increased use of I.T., including electronic health records. The centers also will use the courses to train in-house EHR professionals who will work with providers.

The centers offering the courses are Health Technology Services operating in Montana and Wyoming, Wide River Extension Center in Nebraska and HITArkansas. They are among 60 across the nation established and funded under the HITECH Act.

The courses cover the planning, adoption and management of EHRs, health information exchanges and other I.T. components. Extension centers may offer the courses at the vendor's discounted price or resell the licenses at a profit. Regional extension centers, like HIEs, are looking for a business model that will be sustainable after government funds run out, says Steven Lazarus, co-founder of Health IT Certification. He's also president of Boundary Information Group, a Denver-based consultancy.

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--Joseph Goedert


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