UCSD, Other Schools Offering Health IT Education Programs

The University of California-San Diego is among several schools that have implemented programs to prepare students for careers in health IT, Healthcare IT News reports.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership helped develop UCSD's Extension Health IT Program and provided tuition for 100 students using funds from the 2009 federal economic stimulus package.

Students in UCSD's health IT certificate program recently completed capstone projects in which they developed plans to demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health records at community clinics. Under the stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs can qualify for incentive payments.

For the capstone projects, students used Medsphere's OpenVista system, which is an open-source EHR platform based on the Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA EHR system.

UCSD has made the students' EHR implementation plans available under a Creative Commons license in Medsphere's Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 5/7).

Other Health IT Programs

Several colleges and universities across the country also have created or are developing health IT education programs. Some schools offering such programs include:

  • California State University-San Marcos: After receiving a $50,000 grant from the CSU Commission on the Extended University, CSU-San Marcos announced plans to launch a new Certificate in Health IT program in January 2011 (Goedert, Health Data Management, 5/7);
  • Community College of Allegheny County, Penn.: On Monday, the college announced that it will partner with Tidewater Community College in Virginia to expand health IT education programs using funds from HHS (Pittsburgh Business Times, 5/10);
  • North Idaho College: After receiving a $625,000 grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the college announced plans to offer certification programs for health IT implementation support specialists, implementation managers and technical and software support staff starting this fall (Lash, North Idaho College Sentinel, 5/10);
  • Northeastern University, Boston: The university is conducting a pilot study to incorporate health IT into its medical education curricula for students in nursing programs and other health care fields (Goedert, Health Data Management, 5/10