Tennessee HIMSS and Belmont University Partner to Launch Healthcare IT Workforce Accelerator Program

by / Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Published in Education, News

Nashville, Tenn. – June 9, 2014 – The Tennessee chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society (TN HIMSS) and Belmont University announced today the creation of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Accelerator program. The accelerator provides a new curriculum that will propel students toward joining the HIT workforce to support the rapid growth of the industry in Middle Tennessee.

The program is the outcome of a collaborative engagement between TN HIMSS, Belmont University, Nashville HealthCare Council, and the Nashville Technology Council.

“With changes in the regulatory environment and business practices in healthcare over the past decade, the need to implement healthcare technology systems to support core processes has become a very real business imperative,” said Brian Moyer, President of TN HIMSS. “This is challenging not only in the implementation itself but also due to a lack of sufficient workers skilled in healthcare IT. With the accelerator program, we hope to expand the workforce to allow the industry to continue to grow in our area.”

Objectives for the HIT Workforce Accelerator program include:

  • Preparing workforce-ready healthcare IT analysts
  • Equipping sufficient numbers of graduates to meet the demand for emerging positions
  • Training in actual healthcare workplace requirements including real processes, challenges, environments, and vendor solutions
  • Utilizing environments from a variety of sources including: industry professionals, HIMSS member companies, area experts, and Belmont faculty
  • Achieving balanced competencies, such as:
  • Specialized knowledge about healthcare IT systems
  • Specialized knowledge about transferable vendor solutions
  • Specialized knowledge about healthcare processes and environments
  • Specialized skills in leading and contributing towards IT implementation projects
  • Professional, interpersonal and team-based collaboration skills.
  • Functional expertise.
  • Including an appropriate level of testing to ensure learners have demonstrated competency before being certified “workforce ready”

“We are excited to work with Tennessee HIMSS to help develop the new generation of healthcare IT professionals to support healthcare providers and services that support them. ,” said J. Patrick Raines, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business Administration at Belmont University. “Graduates of the program will be familiar not only with the intricacies of the IT infrastructure and specific vendor systems, but also knowledgeable about healthcare processes supported by IT solutions.”

For more information about the HIT Accelerator, please contact Tod Fetherling, TN HIMSS VP of Workforce, at tod@stratasan.com.

The Tennessee Chapter of the national Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) fulfills the national mission within the Tennessee region. The Tennessee Chapter represents more than 1,500 members and has active involvement from a majority of leading healthcare organizations within health care delivery, payor, technology and academic institutions. Each year the Tennessee Chapter organizes and hosts the Summit of the Southeast where nearly 1000 health information and clinical professionals gather to exchange ideas and propel better healthcare. For more information on the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS or upcoming events, please visit www.tnhimss.org.

About Belmont University
Ranked No. 7 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the sixth consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 6,900 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs, a fact made evident in the University’s hometown, Nashville, where students, faculty and staff served more than 243,000 hours of community service (valued at more than $5 million) during 2012. With more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.