The Office for the National Coordinator recently announced that more than 2,000 HIT workers have graduated from its Community College Consortia program, which offers non-degree HIT programs that can be completed in six months.

The program is one of ONC’s responses to what it estimates will be a severe HIT worker shortfall (around 50,000 workers) in the coming years. Many CIOs report they can’t find butts to fill HIT seats, and also report their implementations are falling behind as a result.

Would you hire a graduate of the ONC program? Are you willing to take a chance on a relative greenhorn, or are you holding out for more experienced workers with specific skill sets? Is the Community College Consortia and similar programs a good use of taxpayer money?

Last but not least: Have a better idea how address the worker shortfall?

Add your comments below. For more information on ONC's HIT worker programs, click here.


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