Workforce Program Trains Health Professionals, Other Staff in Health IT Skills

by Rebecca Farley on June 27, 2011

The Program of Assistance for University-Based Training (UBT), which is part of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Workforce Development Program, is designed to rapidly and sustainably increase the availability of individuals qualified to serve in specific health IT professional roles requiring university-level training.

Nine colleges and universities received a grant under this program; they are charged with promptly establishing new and/or expanded training programs, many of which can be completed in a year or less.

The nine UBT programs were launched last year with a total $32 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds from ONC. The university programs are designed to provide high-level health IT skills to mid-career individuals who are advanced in the health or IT fields. UBT program graduates will provide leadership in using and developing health IT tools, with each student focusing on one of six key roles: clinician or public health leader; health information management and exchange specialist; health information privacy and security specialist; research and development scientist; programmer and software engineer; and health IT sub-specialist.

To see a list of participating universities and learn more about the UBT program, click here.


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