On July 11, 2012, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) welcomed representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), along with its workforce development grantees from leading universities and community colleges, to discuss the work of Health IT education and workforce development programs across the country.
This 90-minute webinar included four panelists that provided case studies demonstrating how new Health IT academic programs are preparing graduates to join the workforce and advance their careers through the Community College Consortia (CCC) Program. CCC program participants currently number 82 member community colleges throughout the 50 states.
The country is broken up into five regional groups (Group A thru Group E). Region E includes 22 member colleges located in the District of Columbia, along with ten other states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Region E’s goal is to help provide the northeastern area of the United States with a skilled professional workforce needed to support transition to a new era of health care, where health care providers will use electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient health and ultimately affect the way health care is delivered in this country.
Individual member community colleges will receive funding to rapidly create their Health IT academic programs or expand existing health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less. Academic programs are designed for professionals with an IT or health care background, and focus on training students for six professional roles:
- Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist
- Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
- Implementation Support Specialist
- Implementation Manager
- Technical/Software Support Specialist
CCC program graduates are expected to be high caliber health information technology professionals interested in supporting the growing and evolving Health IT industry. In all, CCC Program members hope to train more than 10,500 new highly skilled Health IT specialists by the end of 2012.