Long-Term Support Services Health IT Training Program
With funding from the Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, MeHI awarded $173,000 to Springfield Technical Community College to lead a three community college consortium in the development of a statewide health IT training pilot program to improve the skill sets of entry-level employees in Massachusetts long-term post-acute care and home healthcare organizations. Together, the three colleges: Springfield Technical Community College, Cape Cod Community College, and Middlesex Community College, developed, tested, and refined a standardized curriculum to support HIT workforce development. The colleges piloted the curriculum at four home healthcare agencies across Massachusetts: Porchlight VNA, Capuano Care, Duffy Health Clinic, and Professional Profiles. The curriculum is divided into four modules: basic computer skills required to navigate an EHR; EHR function and use; EHR documentation; and EHR security and privacy. The modules are targeted at entry-level workers like CNAs and home health aides and are designed to stand on their own or to work as a cohesive unit.
A final report on the grant program is available here.
The curriculum modules area available here.
Massachusetts Higher Education Health IT Programs
The transition to electronic health records creates job opportunities and training needs. With the increasing use of EHRs, new jobs are opening up at electronic health record vendors, hospitals, and medical practices. In addition, existing staff members in medical practices and hospitals need to learn new skills to make decisions about, manage, and use EHRs.
Massachusetts institutions of higher learning offer programs to meet a wide range of educational and training needs. Those programs vary in focus, intended audience, and length. Expand the links below for information about many of those programs. For additional information about a program, visit its website or reach out to the listed contact.