The Tennessee chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society and Belmont University have created the Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Accelerator program to provide a new curriculum that will propel students toward joining the HIT workforce to support the rapid growth of the industry in Middle Tennessee. The program is the outcome of a collaborative engagement between the society, the University, Nashville HealthCare Council and the Nashville Technology Council.
“We are excited to help develop the new generation of health care IT professionals to support health care providers and services that support them,” said Pat Raines, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Graduates of the program will be familiar not only with the intricacies of the IT infrastructure and specific vendor systems, but also knowledgeable about healthcare processes supported by IT solutions.”
The program aims to equip a sufficient numbers of graduates to meet the demand for emerging positions through training in health care workplace requirements including real processes, challenges, environments and vendor solutions.
“With changes in the regulatory environment and business practices in healthcare over the past decade, the need to implement healthcare technology systems to support core processes has become a very real business imperative,” said society President Brian Moyer. “This is challenging not only in the implementation itself but also due to a lack of sufficient workers skilled in healthcare IT. With the accelerator program, we hope to expand the workforce to allow the industry to continue to grow in our area.”