Health eWorkforce Consortium Materials and Resources for Interested Educators and Students

Health Information Technology is a rapidly expanding, high-demand industry sector. Colleges need quality resources to launch and grow programs to train students in this promising field.

Led by Bellevue College, a consortium of nine colleges has developed a compendium of free health IT materials for use by interested colleges.

This effort was funded by the Department of Labor. Health IT resources include:

  • Instructional materials (e.g., curricula, articles, videos, activities, games, assessment questions)
  • Interactive electronic medical record simulations
  • Online Health IT industry certification preparation course, created in collaboration with Stanford University Open Learning Initiative
  • Faculty Development materials
  • Prior Learning Assessment tools
  • Departmental Health IT self-assessments

Articulation to Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare IT

The BAS in Healthcare IT is a career-oriented bachelor’s degree program developed specifically to meet the career advancement needs of individuals with IT and/or healthcare preparation and experience.

Prior Learning Assessment Resources

One of the goals of the Health eWorkforce Consortium, funded by a Department of Labor TAA-CCCT grant, is to advance best practices in Prior Learning Assessment both within the Consortium and at the institutional level.

Employer’s Military Skill Locator

The Consortium developed the Employer’s Military Skill Locator tool to encourage and expedite veteran hiring and assist colleges with assignment of prior learning credit based on military experience. It answers the often asked question ‘What military occupation is most like the job I want to fill with a veteran?’

Technology Integration Program Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment was developed to help educators assess their readiness for infusion of health IT into a particular program, identify specific challenges that could be addressed and to identify some best practices or lessons learned that could be shared across colleges.

Certified Associate in Healthcare Information Management Systems

Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) is an entry level Health IT certification from the world’s largest health IT professional association.

The National Science Foundation, Bellevue College, and HIMSS partnered to develop an entry-level certification to expand access to the promising field of health information technology. CAHIMS illuminates a path into health IT careers. Community college students, as well as veterans and others new to the field will use it to navigate a career starting point. It will signal an applicant’s job readiness to employers.

Faculty Development Course

The Health Information Technology course offers a variety of topics that build understanding about HIT. The course presentation is based on modules created for the Carnegie Mellon University/Stanford University Open Learning Initiative (OLI).

Electronic Medical Record Simulations

Bellevue College has created free hands-on practice activities to provide students with meaningful exposure to electronic health records to help prepare them for employment. Though primarily designed for Nursing and Allied Health students, the simulations are also a great way to familiarize IT and Health IT students with common features and functions of an EMR system.

  • OpenEMR Simulations
  • VistA Simulations

Health Information Technology Modules for Infusion into Information Technology Programs

  • A.A.S. Health Information
  • Management (Spokane Community College)
  • Computer Networking (Bellingham Technical College)
  • Computer Networking (Renton Technical College)
    Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Certificate (Bellevue College)
    Healthcare Data
  • Analytics (Bellevue College)
  • Healthcare Database Management and Design
  • Healthcare IT Privacy and Security Course (Whatcom Community College)
  • Medical Assistant (Renton Technical College)
  • Medical Office Assistant (Pierce College)
    Physical Therapy Assistant Program (Whatcom Community College)
  • Radiologic Technology (Bellevue College)
  • Radiologic Technology (Bellingham Technical College)
    Respiratory Therapy (NOVA)

Health Information Technology Modules for Infusion into Nursing and Allied Health Programs

  • A.A.S. LPN to RN Nursing Degree (Bellingham Technical College)
  • A.A.S. Nursing Degree (Bellevue College)
  • A.A.S. Nursing Degree (Clark College)
  • A.A.S. Nursing Degree (Northern Virginia Community College)
  • Medical Assistant (Northern Virginia Community College)
  • Medical Assistant (Whatcom Community College)
  • Nursing (Whatcom Community College)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program (Renton Technical College)
  • Pharmacy Technology (Clark College)

Health Information Technology Programs

  • Health IT Networking
  • Mobile Health Device Management
  • Mobile Software Development

Instructional Resources on Specific Health Information Technology Topics

  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry
  • Culture of Healthcare
  • Database Programming and SQL
  • Database Searching for Literature
  • Elements of a Typical EHR System
  • Evidence Based Care
  • Future of Health IT
  • Health Data Standards
  • Health Informatics
  • Health IT Systems
  • HIPAA and PHI
  • HITECH Act
  • Meaningful Use
  • Mobile Devices in Medicine
  • Privacy Security Confidentiality in HIT Systems
  • Quality Measurement and Improvement
  • Quality-Safety-Medication Errors
  • Workflow Analysis and Process Redesign

Stanford University Open Learning Initiative Health Information Technology Foundations Course

  • Stanford University Open Learning Initiative Health IT Foundations/CAHIMS Preparation Course

Goal Setting
Stress Management
Study Skills
Test Preparation
Time Management

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Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23745-12-60-A-53.