In the summer 2016, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded SBMI a workforce training grant to offer health IT and informatics curriculum to current healthcare professionals. The Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT) program began with the first cohort in September of 2016.

April L. Salisbury, MBA-HC is the director of education and training for the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative- Lovelace Clinic Foundation, a regional extension center partnering with SBMI to offer the training. Salisbury notes “for busy people working in healthcare, it can be difficult to keep up with the many changes being driven by payment reforms, new health information technology tools, and new ways of gathering, sharing, and analyzing healthcare information.”  HICATT is a “beneficial, professional development opportunity for physicians and other providers, clinical support personnel, IT/IS technicians, and medical business office workers,” commented Salisbury

The free training is offered entirely online and more than one thousand professionals from across the nation have registered to participate. Each cohort lasts six weeks and continuing education credits are also available.

The principal investigator for the grant is SBMI Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor Susan Fenton, Ph.D. who stated “I encourage everyone who works in healthcare to consider taking this training if you wonder about the seismic changes in the industry.” Fenton also notes that “trainees reported that the training helps them to better understand what is happening in the industry.” 

There are three cohorts remaining; cohort four starts on Feb. 13 and the deadline to register is Jan. 27. Cohort five begins April 3 and the final “express” cohort, which is only four weeks, starts May 22.

All healthcare professionals interested in participating should visit the HICATT website to learn more or to register.

published on 01/24/2017 at 11:56 a.m.