Citing the need for 50,000 new health care information technology jobs during the next five years--just to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records--the federal government in 2010 awarded $84 million in stimulus-funded grants to create intensive health I.T. curricula lasting six months or less in community colleges and 12 months or less at four-year universities.

The I.T. training programs were spurred by the HITECH Act's intent to accelerate adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records and related technologies by spending billions of dollars on the EHR incentive program.

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