Dakota State University Participates in College Training Program for Health Information Workforce
Dakota State will receive $625,000 as a participant in a training program directed by Bellevue College in Washington. Under the agreement, Dakota State will coordinate non-degree training in health information technology. The consortium includes institutions in North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and South Dakota. Partnering with DSU in South Dakota are Mitchell Tech, Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City and the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Dorine Bennett, director of DSU's Health Information Management programs, is the project director.
This opportunity is one of several training and education programs designed to prepare the nation's workforce to meet the significant demand for trained health IT workers as a result of the national electronic health records implementation initiative. The programs are part of the $2 billion effort to achieve widespread meaningful use of healthcare IT and provide for the use of an electronic health record (EHR) for each person in the United States by 2014, according to HHS Secretary Kathryn Sebelius.
Dakota State's participation in this regional consortium is additional recognition of the quality of DSU's faculty and education in the critically important area of health IT.
According to Rita Bowen, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) President, "Today marks the start of an entirely new era in the education and training of health information management professionals. This institution and the consortium of which it is an invaluable member, should take a great measure of pride in having been selected to participate in the federal government's advancement of HIM education. Perhaps more important, however, is the opportunity to form the next generation of leaders in this expanding profession."