Each six-month program of the HIT curriculum will focus on job-specific training for one of six workforce roles in the field of health informatics. The training will incorporate “hard” technical skills as well as “soft” skills such as problem solving, decision making, time management, etc. The program offers both campus-based and distance education courses, including evening and weekend scheduling.
The six workforce roles are:
Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists
The goal of health informatics is to improve processes, not just computerize them. This transition will require the ability to assess workflows in a practice, suggest changes to increase the quality and efficiency of care and facilitate reporting, and work with providers to implement these changes. These jobs are well-suited for people with experience in practice management or IT in a clinical setting.
The colleges will offer programs for licensed health professionals so they can apply their specialized clinical knowledge to select hardware/software and work with vendors to ensure that clinical goals are met.
Implementation support specialists
Specialists will be needed to install and test health IT systems in clinical settings to ensure that the systems are easy and effective to use. The HIT Consortium will provide training for those who already have IT or information management experience from either within or outside the health care arena.
Those who have administrative or managerial experience in health or IT environments may seek additional training to oversee and manage the transition to health IT for providers.
Technical/software support staff
Providers will need ongoing support to diagnose IT problems, develop solutions and keep systems running smoothly and securely. Those with IT or information management experience may want to train for these positions.
The need for skilled trainers will be ongoing. Practice staff will have to be trained on new systems and upgrades. New staff will have to be trained as they come on board. IT specialists with training experience can receive instruction in the design and delivery of training programs.