Region D - Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals
What is HIT?
HIT allows you to connect your skills in healthcare, business and technology and encompasses a wide range of job functions and settings
Health information technology allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. Broad use of HIT has the potential to improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, increase the efficiency of care provision and reduce unnecessary health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, expand access to affordable care, and improve population health.
What is the future for HIT?
Estimates based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Education, and independent studies indicate a shortfall over the next five years of approximately 50,000 qualified health IT workers required to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they move to adopt electronic health care systems.
Section 3016 of the HITECH Act authorizes the creation of a program to assist in the establishment and/or expansion of education programs designed to train a highly skilled workforce of health information technology (health IT) professionals to effectively put in place and enable the use of secure, interoperable electronic health record systems.