GA-HITREC Announces Scholarships for Georgia's Rural Providers

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GA-HITREC Announces Scholarships for “Certified Health Information Technology Professional” Courses Online to Address Shortage of Trained Health IT Professionals in Georgia Hospitals

"We are pleased to offer these scholarships that will provide the education needed to ensure that Georgia’s healthcare providers achieve all three stages of Meaningful Use,” stated Dr. Dominic Mack, Executive Medical Director of the GA-HITREC.

The Regional Extension Center in Georgia, GA-HITREC, announces scholarships to eligible rural Georgia hospitals and primary care providers for their clinical and HIT staff to enroll in the “Certified Health Information Technology Professional” Courses available on the GA-HITREC Online Training Center. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, through its Curriculum Development Centers program, created a comprehensive group of courses to help healthcare and IT professionals navigate these unchartered waters of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) with confidence. Many people in IT may find the transition to healthcare IT a challenge and in addition, there are those already working in healthcare who may find the prospect of moving into EHRs and meaningful use daunting.

Courses include:
Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
The Culture of Health Care
Terminology in Health Care and Public Health Settings
Introduction to Information and Computer Science
History of Health Information Technology in the U.S.
Health Management Information Systems
Working with Health IT Systems
Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems
Networking and Health Information Exchange
Fundamentals of Health Workflow Process Analysis & Redesign
Configuring EHRs
Quality Improvement
Special Topics Course on Vendor-Specific Systems
Usability and Human Factors
Professionalism/Customer Service in the Health Environment
Working in Teams
Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT
Introduction to Project Management

The courses are presented in lecture format with quizzes and lab activities and are constructed to enable learners to progress at their own pace. There are also HIT instructors available to help learners with any issues they have.

In addition to the courses offered, GA-HITREC's education partner, Hometown Health,, provides extensive certification exams intended to test the skills and knowledge of those who wish to become implementation support specialists, technical/software support, practice workflow and management redesign specialists, and implementation managers. As an IACET Authorized Provider, HomeTown Health, LLC offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under IACET guidelines.

The world of healthcare is making great progress in the arena of EHRs and the potential for these roles. Join these courses and see a new way for healthcare in the United States as well as attaining vital skills that will make you a desirable employee. For more information or to register, go to the Online Training Center at For more information on accreditation or CEUs, please visit

GA-HITREC's mission is to be the trusted advisor to Georgia's hospitals and providers enabling them to meaningfully use electronic health systems, improve clinical outcomes, practice efficiency and quality of care for their patients. Through its team of health IT specialists/advisors and affiliation with vetted vendor solutions, the GA-HITREC provides technical assistance and practice support throughout the state of Georgia. Through its continuing education and customer support center, we offer you access to a broad range of medical education programs and support that are both technology and practice improvement related. GA-HITREC is the state’s only federally funded extension center that offers a range of technical services, education, training and products to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.

2012 is the last year Eligible Providers can receive the full Medicare Meaningful Use incentive payment and the GA-HITREC has the practice and HIT expertise to help more physicians reach meaningful use. It’s not too late to take advantage of the support that the extension center offers to Georgia providers.
To learn more about the GA-HITREC, visit or call 1-877-658-1990.

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