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North Idaho College receives federal funds to train new health workers

North Idaho College has landed a $625,000 grant to train 300 health information technology professionals statewide.

The funds are part of a $6.2 million grant awarded to eight community colleges in a 10-state region. The colleges will be responsible for training 2,400 students over a two-year period, a news release from NIC said.

This is “an unprecedented multistate effort to train students in an emerging high-growth employment sector,” said Jack Purdie, NIC grants coordinator.

Federal estimates indicate about 51,000 health information technology workers will be needed over the next five years as hospitals and physicians adopt an electronic health care system, the release said.

Funding for the grant comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, the release said.




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