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Winter 2013 Letter from the Editor

Winter 2013 Letter from the Editor

Jewelle Hicks December , 2013 0

As the calendar and academic years are ending this is a great time to reflect on the past year and the work that has been done to advance health informatics and information management education. The Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) has published and vetted new curricula for the different levels of HIIM and as educators we are looking to the future to develop the workforce that is needed now and in the future.  

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The Perceived Knowledge of Health Informatics Competencies by Health Information Management Professionals

The Perceived Knowledge of Health Informatics Competencies by Health Information Management Professionals

Jewelle Hicks December , 2013 0

The 2009 enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has placed unprecedented emphasis on utilizing technology to improve the quality of care and to decrease healthcare costs. To meet these goals, the healthcare field will need an increase in the number of professionals with the appropriate health informatics training and data analysis skills. Therefore, the author investigated the perceived knowledge of the emerging health informatics competencies by health information management (HIM) professionals.  

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Competencies for Global Health Informatics Education: Leveraging the US Experience

Competencies for Global Health Informatics Education: Leveraging the US Experience

Jewelle Hicks December , 2013 0

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has encouraged unprecedented expansion of the health information technology (HIT) industry and offers strong employment opportunities for those that qualify. However, academic institutions have been slow to address the changing nature of the profession and develop core competencies for a global HIT economy. A global curriculum framework flexible enough to operate across multiple cultures provides the foundation to develop these competencies.  

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Workforce Training in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Use through Community Colleges in the Delta Region: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Workforce Training in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Use through Community Colleges in the Delta Region: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Jewelle Hicks December , 2013 0

Adoption of health information technology (HIT) was one of the major policy priorities of the federal stimulus package contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with more than $19 billion in federal spending allocated for widespread implementation of HIT and health information exchange (HIE).  

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Health Information Technology Employer Needs Survey: An Assessment Instrument for Workforce Planning

Health Information Technology Employer Needs Survey: An Assessment Instrument for Workforce Planning

Jewelle Hicks December , 2013 0

The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has resulted in an increased need for a well-trained health information technology (HIT) workforce. The Texas HIT Workforce Development Project was initiated with an assessment of HIT employer needs as one of the major goals. The researchers were required to develop a new survey because no existing tool could be found. From the results of HIT employer focus groups, the team determined that quantitative outcome measures for the survey should include HIT skills categorized as basic, intermediate, or advanced.  

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