New technologies, management of vast amounts of information, improvements in healthcare delivery, and government reform are pushing the healthcare industry's demand for a qualified health information technology (HIT) workforce.
Towards this wide-scale technological transformation, the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute (OHWI), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and WorkSource Oregon, convened a statewide "Brain Trust." These HIT experts gathered from industry, education, workforce development and health policy arenas to guide Oregon's effort to:
- Build Oregon's health information technology, informatics and information management workforce.
- Train Oregon's current healthcare workforce to meet basic competencies in using electronic health records and related technology.
- Integrate HIT coursework into Oregon's healthcare profession educational programs to ensure that graduates are competent in the use of electronic health records and related technology.
The result of this effort is a strategic plan for education, industry, workforce investment boards, associations, government, healthcare workers, and other stakeholders for development of a sufficient HIT workforce and a technology-savvy healthcare workforce to improve the delivery of care to all Oregonians:
Statewide Strategic Plan: Preparing Oregon's Workforce for HIT Transformation
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