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Health IT in the Classroom

Health IT in the classroom

The College of Natural Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Texas e-Health Alliance and other industry partners, created certificate programs designed to “fast track” university graduates into this rapidly evolving field.  Our first professional education program was offered to 55 students in the Summer of 2010. Fifty-four students completed the program and of those students seeking employment, 90% found a job within 3 months. In October of 2010, Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, visited the program and talked with many of the student graduates. He proclaimed the program “a home run” in producing quality graduates to enter the expanding HIT workforce. Dr. Blumenthal continued to promote the UT program nationally and helped launch the health information technology program at UT into national prominence.

Our Beginnings PURE-HIT

Our Beginnings PURE-HIT

Funding for these programs was made possible on April 2, 2010, when the university received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator, Health Information Technology to the Professional University Resources and Education for Health Information Technology(PURE-HIT) Consortium, a collaboration of Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics. The consortium received 5.4 million dollars, the largest award in the nation among the nine programs funded for university-based education in Health IT.


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