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From the GMR: New Health IT Workforce Grant Programs from NIH

New IT Grants from NIH.

National Coordinator for Health IT Announces New Health IT Workforce Grants

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., recently issued a message announcing the availability of two additional grant programs to support the training and development of the skilled workforce required to support broad adoption and use of health information technology (health IT). These programs are titled Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Program of Assistance for University-Based Training Programs (University-Based Training Program) and Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Competency Examination for Individuals (Competency Examination Program).

Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grants will work to help strengthen and support the health IT workforce. The new grant programs will award $32 million to establish university-based certificate and advanced degree health IT training programs and $6 million dollars to develop a health IT competency examination program. These awards, together with the previous announced $80 million in workforce program grants (Community College Consortia on Nov. 24, 2009, and Curriculum Development Centers on Dec. 15, 2009), recognize the critical importance of developing a well-trained health IT workforce to support the adoption and meaningful use of health IT.

Applications are due by Jan. 25, 2010, with final awards expected in March 2010.

Select to access Dr. Blumenthal's entire message on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information's Web site or the HHS press release announcing these grant programs.

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