The HITECH Program is an intensive certification designed to provide a qualified pool of Healthcare and IT workers to ensure a successful:
- Nationwide adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs),
- Information exchange across health care providers and public health authorities,
- Redesign of workflows within health care settings to gain quality and efficient benefits of EHRs,
- EHR Transition while maintaining privacy and security of medical information.
The HITECH Program is designed to cross train professionals with a background in healthcare or information technology. The program is designed for incumbent workers who are currently employed in either the healthcare or information technology fields. The classes provide a basic knowledge of the skills required to implement EHRs in the healthcare environment. The hands-on skills provide the student with the knowledge, skills and competencies that he/she does not already possess. For example, a person entering the program with a healthcare background would concentrate on obtaining IT skills and workflow redesign capabilities rather than on content knowledge related to healthcare, which they already have. The same applies to individuals with IT skills who have little or no healthcare experience.
Bronx Community College offers a certification in three career tracks:
- Health Information Technology Support Specialist
- Health Information Technology Coordinator
- Health Information Technology Trainer
Health information technology is a growing industry where there's a strong career outlook for individuals with skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards, and professional best-practice guidelines.
Not sure if this is right for you? This program is part of the Continuing and Professional Studies at Bronx Community College, a member of the community college training consortium led by Tidewater Community College. The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of National Coordination).