This fantastic bit of news came out a day or so ago.
Posted: June 24, 2011 - 10:15 am ET
A trove of free health information technology teaching materials for higher education has been opened to the public by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The $10 million, ONC-funded Curriculum Development Centers Program produced the materials, which have been in use since last fall by members of the 82-school ONC Community College Consortia Program. The community colleges operate six-month, health IT certificate training courses. The goal of both programs is to close an estimated 50,000-employee shortage in the nation's health IT workforce.
The teaching materials, developed by five, four-year universities that make up the Curriculum Development Center Program, could pull double and even triple duty as frameworks for IT courses at the undergraduate and even the graduate level, according to Dr. Bill Hersh, professor and chairman of the medical informatics and clinical epidemiology department at Oregon Health & Science University, one of the five development center schools. The other four curriculum-development schools are University of Alabama at Birmingham, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and Duke University. Oregon also works with ONC under a separate contract to serve as the National Training and Dissemination Center to help coordinate curriculum-development activities and to serve as a repository and dissemination point for the educational materials.
“If you're starting a new educational program or have an existing one, it just makes it easier because there is all this content already developed on all the topics you would expect,” Hersh said. The materials aren't for exclusive use by community colleges, Hersh said.
Here is the link from the US Government.
The purpose of the Curriculum Development Centers Program, one component of the ONC Workforce Program, is to provide funding to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to support health information technology curriculum development. The materials developed under this program will be used by the member colleges of the regional Community College Consortia as well as be available to institutions of higher education across the country.
In April 2010, ONC awarded $10 million in federal funds to five domestic institutions of higher education to develop curriculum and instructional materials to enhance workforce training programs primarily at the community college level. One of the awardees under this program, Oregon Health & Science University, received additional funding to serve as the National Training and Dissemination Center (NTDC). The NTDC has established a secure electronic site from which all materials may be downloaded.
Curriculum Development Centers Program Awardees:
• Oregon Health & Science University $2,720,000 (includes $900,000 for NTDC)
• University of Alabama at Birmingham $1,820,000
• Johns Hopkins University $1,820,000
• Columbia University $1,820,000
• Duke University $1,820,000
To access the courses you need to register and provide some details on the site. Once you have done that you can see the treasure trove available.
Here is the top level table of contents of the material.
11. Configuring EHRs
13. Public Health IT
17. Working in Teams
For those who are interested this is a very large and fascinating gift. Be aware there are many large (20 meg a time) files to be browsed.
Enjoy and be grateful!