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I’m a firm believer in the promise of HealthIT – from fully interconnected EHRs to population health management and far more. However, I’m not a fan of MU policies that have ignored such issues of usability and interconnectivity, and I’m even less a fan of the ONC training programs (like that for Implementation Manager) that neither train clinicians sufficiently in IT or non clinicians sufficiently in EHRs and things clinical to make either of these groups useful. I’m an IT professional from the financial services arena, and it has become clear that ONC training has done nothing to help me or others make the jump to HealthIT, and the only good thing about the end of this program that is good is that maybe ONC will listen to people such as myself before trying again.
1. Have separate training for clinicians trying to learn about IT versus IT pros trying to learn about healthcare IT needs – but do have discussions involving both groups.
2. Expose both groups to multiple EHRs – both institutional and practice oriented. Give plenty of hands on exposure to them so they can see what does and doesn’t work. Ensure that they all get a good introduction to configuration of EHRs as well.
3. Set up internships some part time, some full time, for those who complete the training, so they can get real exposure to the day to day needs of practices and hospitals. Arrange so that those who do well are considered for appropriate jobs.
4. Make sure that those who do well get usable certifications.
5. As suggested above, IT pros with project… more »
Welcome to Planning Room, rondtroy, and thank you for your comment. It sounds like you may have participated in an ONC training program for IT professionals. Do you have specific suggestions for how ONC could have improved the training program to promote health IT?