GA-HITEC Offers Online Access to Courses and Certifications to Address Shortage of Trained HIT Professionals in Georgia

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GA-HITEC Offers Online Access to Courses and Online Certifications for “Certified Health Information Technology Professional” to Address Shortage of Trained Health IT Professionals in Georgia Hospitals

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The Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC), headquartered at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, announces the second round of scholarships to eligible rural Georgia hospitals and providers for their clinical and HIT staff to enroll in the “Certified Health Information Technology Professional” courses available on the GA-HITEC Online Training Center at http://www.GA-HITEC.org. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, through its Curriculum Development Centers program, created a comprehensive group of course materials to help healthcare and IT professionals navigate the unchartered waters of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) with confidence.

The courses offered through the GA-HITEC Online Training Center 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 designed to train current IT personnel in the areas of Health IT and Meaningful use. The online curriculum is 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-HITEC ‘s education partner, Hometown Health, http://www.hthu.net, 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. HomeTown Health University is an International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Provider, and 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 workforce roles. For more information or to register, go to the Online Training Center at: http://www.ga-hitec.org. For more information on accreditation or CEUs, please visit http://www.iacet.org.

GA-HITEC'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. GA-HITEC 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. As part of its mission, GA-HITEC offers scholarships for access to online education at no cost to hospitals which qualify. To learn more about the GA-HITEC, visit http://www.ga-hitec.org or call 1-877-658-1990.

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