NOVA is a part of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Community College Consortium Project, responsible for delivering workforce development training to Allied Healthcare professionals. The Health Information Systems (HIS) Center of Excellence, located on NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC), led participation in the Consortium Project by offering training through the HIT Workforce Roles Program. The HIT Workforce Roles Program began in September 2010. The HIS Center of Excellence met great success with this program and was even granted an extension beyond the anticipated completion date of April 2012. Under this program, the HIS Center of Excellence was able to meet and surpass the target number of students to be trained with government funded grants. To date, more than 300 students have been trained through the HIS Center of Excellence HIT Workforce Roles Training Program. The last cohort to be trained under the grant will be admitted in spring 2012.
As the grant period has come to a close, the HIT Career Studies Certificate was created and approved to continue training the Healthcare-IT workforce in meaningful use of electronic health records. The 21-credit curriculum program was designed to train students with employment experience in healthcare or information technology to become competent in all aspects of workflow process analysis and redesign as it relates to adoption, implementation, maintenance, and optimization phases of the transition to the use of electronic health record systems. This new program will begin in fall 2012. The faculty and staff of the HIS Center of Excellence are excited to begin this new project and continue providing excellence in healthcare education.