More health IT work force grants announced

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 11, 2010

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The national health information technology coordinator's office has two additional grant programs for work force training and development to support health IT adoption.

The new initiative, announced Dec. 23, 2009, will award $32 million to establish university-based certificate and advanced degree health IT training programs, as well as $6 million for schools to develop a competency examination program. The awards are in addition to $80 million in work force grants announced Nov. 24, 2009, by the Dept. of Health and Human Services aimed at promoting community college training programs and educational materials.

Awards for the university-based training program are for a 39-month period and are geared toward four-year colleges. The competency exam will assess basic skills for individuals trained through short-duration programs, and those awards will be for a two-year project period.

Applications for both programs are due Jan. 25, and the government expects to announce final awards in March. Information about the grants can be found online (link).

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