University programs across the U.S. have received $32 million through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act — part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– to develop specific IT capabilities for health-care professionals. HITECH funding is supporting training programs at 82 community colleges, curriculum development for use in community colleges and other higher education institutions, and the development of competency examinations. Totaling $118 million, this funding is intended to supply health-care providers with highly skilled experts needed for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records.
Over the next 3 years approximately 1,700 graduate-level students will receive tuition assistance for nine university programs nationwide. To date, about 650 students have enrolled and more than 400 will graduate between May and August 2011.
Visit the Health and Human Services website to find out more about HITECH Act funding and read the stories of professionals who have received assistance.