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Western Governors University Addresses Rising Demand for Healthcare IT Professionals with B.S. in Health Informatics
Date:3/17/2009

Applications for Scholarships Accepted Through April 19

SALT LAKE CITY, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Within the U.S. healthcare industry, there is a growing need for trained IT professionals who understand healthcare. Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, the nonprofit university established to address workforce needs by offering relevant, accessible online degree programs for working adults, is helping to meet that need by offering a B.S. in Health Informatics. Designed for experienced IT and healthcare professionals, the program combines healthcare and information technology to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to design, develop, and manage health information systems.

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According to a recent article in Certification Magazine, "The demand for health IT professionals is increasing with the stimulus package, which set aside $17 billion dollars to provide incentives for health care providers to adopt technology. William Hersh, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, found in a 2008 study that the U.S. will need at least 40,000 additional health care IT professionals -- almost 40 percent more than hospitals currently employ -- for quality improvements and cost savings to be realized."

WGU's unique competency-based academic approach enables students to complete degree requirements more quickly, accelerating their programs by building on their work experience and academic backgrounds. In addition, graduates of the '/>"/>

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