The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced $38 million in stimulus-funded grants are available for development of health care information technology training programs at four-year colleges.

The funds are in addition to $80 million in grants announced in November to support the training of health information technology professionals in about 70 community colleges across the nation (see healthdatamanagement.com/news/stimulus_grants_training_ONC-39404-1.html).

Under the new program, ONC will award eight to 12 grants, totaling $32 million, to establish university-based certificate and advanced degree health I.T. training programs that can be completed in one year or less. Awards are for a 39-month project period. Applications are due by Jan. 25 with awards made in March.

Another $6 million in a single grant is available for development and initial administration of a set of health I.T. competency examinations. The award is for a two-year project period. Applications are due by Jan. 25 with the award made in March.

More information is available at http://healthit.hhs.gov/.

--Joseph Goedert

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