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Federal grant will help train health IT workers

As healthcare organizations struggle to find qualified IT pros to help with implementation and support, the government has announced a new grant program to help train tech workers in high-need areas. 

While organizations in all parts of the country are feeling the shortage of health IT workers, providers in rural areas are struggling the most. According to one recent study, organizations in those areas must spend more than others when implementing electronic health records (EHRs). In large part, that’s because it’s harder for them to find the best available support staff. In addition to a lack of qualified health IT employees to recruit for full-time jobs, rural hospitals and practices are also far from many IT service providers that could provide temporary support and staffing help.

Hopefully, some of that struggle will be alleviated thanks to a new grant program announced by the Department of Labor (DOL) on September 19.

As part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative, the DOL will grant $500 million to community colleges and universities to develop and expand training programs in various technical fields. Part of that money will spend creating health IT training programs, particularly in rural parts of the country, including programs at:

  • Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana
  • Clovis Community College in New Mexico
  • New River Community and Technical College in West Virginia, and
  • Bellevue Community College in Washington.

Grants will also be used to create general healthcare training programs at several institutions. In total, 297 schools will receive grant funding, with training focused on advanced manufacturing, transportation, science and technology, in addition to healthcare.

The goal of the grants is to create affordable training programs that will help graduates find jobs in emerging fields. To read more, visit the DOL’s website for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative.

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