Sunday, May 2, 2010

Explaining the HITECH Workforce Development Program

The word is slowly getting out on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) HITECH Workforce Development Program. Naturally I am interested in the word getting out, since Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is playing a major role in the program.

One of the most enjoyable interchanges so far has been with Anthony Guerra, Editor of the site. It began when I took exception to a posting of his wondering whether the ONC workforce funding might be "fast and loose spending of taxpayer money." I expressed my disagreement, which led him to interview me for his site. He prefaced the interview with a posting explaining its context. The full interview, which includes about 20 minutes of audio, provided me the opportunity to defend the program, at least what we at OHSU plan to do with our funding (described in an earlier posting in this blog).

While the OHSU press release has been replicated all over the Internet (as all press releases are), a few publications have actually written their own stories. One is Healthcare IT News.

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is also working on a press release touting all of the HITECH funding that its members have received.

And of course, ONC has something to say itself about the workforce funding.

Not related to the workforce funding, I was also recently a HIMSS featured member in their HIMSS Insider e-newsletter.

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