2009 recovery plan keeps funds flowing for IT training

50,000 new jobs in healthcareIT may be optimistic

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As of April of last year, HHS was only predicting 50,000 HIT specialists, but was still pumping money into training courses.

The most recent is Bellevue College, which, last week got a $2.7 million chunk of the $6 million it was awarded for two-years worth of programs to support a consortium of community colleges pushing HealthIT training as a career path for people in the Seattle area.

I don't even have anything terribly useful to say about all this, except that IT in a healthcare environment is incredibly tricky -- more for the politics than the healthcare issues. And any additional training or education for both IT-oriented scientists or science-oriented IT people is a good thing.

Although neither one will be able to overcome the resistance of doctors who still don't "use computers" in their practices beyond having an admin print out emails so they can read them the way some old-economy CEOs were famous for doing when the excitement of the dot-com boom was covering up the larger migration from old school to new, and leaving dinosaurs behind.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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