The Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium is addressing a pressing need in the health care job market. We’re recruiting and training people for the growing field of health information technology (HIT), also called health informatics.
Studies indicate that as many as 50,000 additional HIT professionals may be needed over the next five years. This is because reliance on electronic health records is increasing rapidly due to market and regulatory changes in the health care system.
The HIT Consortium provides training in six work force roles to support electronic health records implementation. The consortium consists of 17 large innovative community colleges in 10 Midwest states.
Through leading-edge curriculum and a program consisting of both campus-based training and distance learning, the consortium’s goal is to recruit and train a minimum of 2,700 health informatics professionals and students annually.
About the HITECH Grant
The training provided by the Midwest HIT Consortium is funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act), a key component of health care reform. The Act will spur the development of a national health information network to permit the secure exchange of information among health providers. The Act will also lead to computerized systems to order tests and medications and support systems to aid clinical decision making.