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OHA SITE ADDS HEALTH IT, CONNECTS STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES
02-May-2011

Columbus-The Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) website that connects qualified workers with hospitals and doctors’ offices has added a Health Information Technology (HIT) sectionwith job opportunities and educational options.

In collaboration with the Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium and OHA, the Ohio Health Information Partnership today announced the creation of a new way for students and workers to find employment with hospitals and doctors in HIT through www.OHHealthJobs.com.

"We’re excited about the opportunity to maximize state and federal grants to not only ensure we’re creating new jobs in Ohio, but to fill those jobs with Ohioans," said Dan Paoletti, interim chief executive officer at the Ohio Health Information Partnership. "By working together, employers are being linked to those students and workers who are taking the opportunity to obtain new skills or get retraining through these excellent programs in Ohio’s community colleges."

HIT allows healthcare providers to better administer care to patients through secure sharing of health information. An integral part of this exchange is the movement away from paper records to electronic health records (EHR). In addition, Ohio is now creating a technological infrastructure so physicians and hospitals can securely share health information records all across the state, not just within their own practices or regional health systems.

To date, 3,637 physicians have signed up for electronic health records systems or upgrades, out of a possible 6,000 available Ohio slots. Doctors and hospitals can receive federal Medicaid and Medicare incentives for using these electronic records in a meaningful way. Paoletti said the widespread adoption of electronic health records by Ohio physicians, hospitals and other healthcare entities through these new federal incentives will create a tremendous demand for more skilled and qualified HIT employees.

Amy Bangert, manager of workforce initiatives for OHA Solutions, said, "With a few clicks of a mouse, job seekers can easily post their credentials and sign up for job posting notifications specific to their areas of interest."

The Midwest consortium teaches six workforce roles in health IT. Out of the 17 community colleges in the consortium, four are in Ohio: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Sinclair Community College.

Graduates of the consortium will be made aware of the positions available on the OHHealthJobs.com website and will be instructed on how to post their resumes.

"Now, individuals across Ohio can access training and scholarship opportunities, as well as locate new career opportunities in the growing field of Health Information Technology through the OHA website," said Dr. Patricia Gray, vice president of Health Education Initiatives for Cuyahoga Community College. "We are pleased to be part of such an innovative partnership and appreciate the leadership of both the Ohio Health Information Partnership and OHA in supporting workforce development for Health Information Technology."

To support the process of educating health IT professionals, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has a workforce development program, which received $116 million in federal funding to help in creating and strengthening programs at colleges and universities nationwide. The 17 colleges in the Midwest will receive more than $14.5 million in federal funding over the course of two years.

"The Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium is strengthened by model partnerships as exemplified by the OHA website," said Norma Morganti, executive director of the consortium. "It is critical for all state and regional stakeholders to work together on behalf of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) initiatives to improve healthcare delivery and patient care through this investment in health information technology."