Walters State Community College will continue to offer its HITECH Workforce Training Program into 2013 through a no-cost extension, Program Director Gail Winkler announced today. The program equips students with the skills needed to implement adoption of electronic medical records.
“We are very pleased to have this no-cost extension and encourage both individuals and health care providers to take advantage of the convenience and low cost of the program,” Winkler said.
The program is offered completely online at a cost of $375. Students who complete the program will receive a stipend of $312 until stipends are depleted, making the net cost only $63. This includes all needed materials (with the exception of a computer and Internet access). The program takes approximately six months to complete.
Walters State is part of the Region D Community College Consortium.
“This program was specifically designed to assist with the workforce needs created by the mandate switch to electronic records. The training provides both a medical and information technology body of knowledge to ensure that electronic health records can be adopted without any sacrifice of privacy, quality and efficiency,” Winkler said.
The program offers training for six workforce roles or positions: mobile adoption support positions; practice workflow and information management redesign specialists; clinician/practitioner consultants; implementation support specialists; implementation managers; technical software support staff and trainers.
To learn more about the program and each role, visit www.ws.edu/hit.
Two classes begin every month. Winkler said that student should begin the course no later than Sept. 30, 2012. For more information, contact Winkler at (423) 585-6851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.