The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration is making available $4.5 million in grant funding--up to $300,000 for 15 awards--to support the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce program.

“The purpose of this program is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training and retention of HIT specialists,” according to the funding announcement. “This program also will provide support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans and other potential students. These formal training programs will result in the development of a cadre of HIT workers who can help rural hospitals and clinics implement and maintain systems, such as electronic health records, telehealth, home monitoring and mobile health technology, and meeting EHR meaningful use standards.”

Applications now are available with a 100-page limit for application attachments and a submission deadline of April 15, 2013. A letter of intent is not required. The projected award date is September 1, 2013, and the program will last for three years. More information is available here.

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