A federal program to boost the number of health I.T. workers will graduate 2,280 workers this month, a total the Office of the National Coordinator expects to rise to 3,000 by the end of summer.

The Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals program is part of an array of efforts by ONC to address the HIT workforce shortage. The government estimates 50,000 more workers are needed industrywide to keep up with increasing I.T. demands. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriated to ONC $2 billion in discretionary funds for health I.T. programs, including funding to address the worker shortfall.

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