HomeTown Health University Currently Offering Free Web-Based Education to Rural Georgia Physician Practices Made Available at teleconnectga.com

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HomeTown Health University currently offering free web-based education to rural Georgia physician practices made available at http://www.teleconnectga.com

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Free web-based education is now available for Georgia’s rural physician practices online at http://www.teleconnectga.com.

HomeTown Health University (HTHU), in partnership with the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, has developed education that will provide Broadband and HIT education to more than 5000 physicians and practice managers in rural Georgia through Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The goals of GPT’s BTOP grant are to promote the expansion of broadband and increase access to healthcare in rural and medically underserved areas through the innovative use of technology and improved access to primary care by equipping and expanding the current GPT telehealth broadband network from 133 access points to 185 access points and through education and outreach introducing all, from rural healthcare providers to low income families, to the advantages of using broadband technology to access healthcare services, to share and exchange health information and access the internet to receive health and wellness information.

Through the BTOP grant, free web-based training is available to Rural Georgia Physician Office Employees which includes courses recommended by the ONC and listed on the HIT curriculum component blueprints, starting with Introduction to Computing, along with HIPAA Compliance, Microsoft Office 2007 and many more courses to help physician office employees fulfill basic IT/Broadband education needs.

To access these free training courses, visit the Teleconnect Georgia for Better Health Online Training Center at http://www.teleconnectga.com and click Learn. The Teleconnect Georgia for Better Health Online Training Center is made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. To confirm your eligibility, please contact Lloyd Sirmons, BTOP Project Director at Lloyd Sirmons lloyd(dot)sirmons(at)gatelehealth(dot)org.

HTHU is the education arm of HomeTown Health, LLC, a network of 56 rural hospitals in Georgia. Since 2005, HomeTown Health University has helped thousands of healthcare employees reach their education goals and maintain their healthcare certification with accredited online health care education. HTHU offers courses in Patient Financial Services including business office education and certifications, Management Skills and Leadership, Clinical/Staff Compliance including Joint Commission, HIPAA and EMTALA compliance, and Health Information Technology (HIT) for hospital employees as well as courses in our School of Practice Management created specifically for physician office online health care education. Discover the many accredited, healthcare focused courses available on HomeTown Health's online healthcare university at http://www.hthu.net.

As lead applicant on the TeleConnect Georgia for Better Health /BTOP project, Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Inc. (http://www.gatelehealth.org/) has proven success in establishing and sustaining Georgia’s only statewide telehealth network in 2005.

For More information Contact:
Kathy Whitmire
Managing Director, HomeTown Health, LLC
706-491-3493

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