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OHSU awarded $5.8 million to expand health information technology education
Date:4/13/2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Health & Science University has been awarded $5.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to advance the widespread adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (HIT) by educating professionals to work in this rapidly growing field.

The funding is provided in two competitively awarded grants. One will directly support the education of about 150 additional students over three years in OHSU's biomedical informatics graduate program while establishing additional capacity that will meet the ongoing needs of an expanded work force. The other award will establish a national dissemination resource for health IT curricula at OHSU.

The stimulus funds, awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will enable OHSU to help educate the estimated 50,000 professionals needed to convert the entire country to electronic health records by the year 2014. The recovery act authorizes an estimated $40 billion to achieve this goal.

"We are delighted to be able to contribute to the national initiative to educate the health IT professional work force that will be required to lead the widespread adoption of electronic health records," says William Hersh, M.D., professor and chairman of OHSU's Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. "This work force is a key requirement for achieving 'meaningful use' of health information technology that will help to improve the quality and safety of health care while lowering its costs."

Through this recovery act funding, OHSU will provide financial aid for nearly 140 new students to enroll in and complete the university's online Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Informatics. The funding also will allow at least 12 students to enroll in and complete OHSU's on-campus master's degree program. All financial aid under this grant is for students in graduate-level programs requiring a m
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Contact: Jim Newman
newmanj@ohsu.edu
503-494-4158
Oregon Health & Science University
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