The “Healthcare Information Technology Statewide Workforce Training Model”, also known as Healthcare IT (HCIT), is a grant funded by the California Community College Chancellors Office Industry-Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) Acute Need for Coding/Programming Bootcamp awarded to the Santa Clarita Community College District – College of the Canyons. Participation from Saddleback College, Santa Barbara City College and College of the Canyons, this grant will address the increasing need for skilled workers in the health care information field. As the trend increases to access healthcare information electronically, the demand for a strong supply of skilled workers continues to rise.

The Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) for the Health and Information & Communication Technologies sectors have merged with industry and education to address the needs identified in Health Information Technology and Healthcare Information Technology. This collaboration has joined together experts from industry, local and national associations, and community college educators to identify skill gaps, coordinate competencies, and align curriculum.

On April 8 & 9, 2016 the two DSNs brought together a panel to complete a job analysis “Developing a Curriculum” (DACUM) in Ventura, California. The process is to solicit those working professionals and having them formulate a better educational approach, based off of what they do on a day to day basis. The panel consisted of six professionals; each had a different title but similar backgrounds. One currently working as a Regulatory Audit Coordinator at UCLA Health, another a RN working with HEDIS, a medical assistant instructor, a health information clerk, a MA at a plastic surgeons office and lastly, a health information technologist. Led by the two DSNs, Paula Hodge comes from an IT background and John Cordova was from a clinical background as an RN. Both are grantees from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office for the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Workforce Initiative.

The process consisted of brainstorming statements into tasks, developing duty statements and lastly categories for general knowledge and skills, work behaviors, tools and equipment, future trends and acronyms. After much discussion, Healthcare Information Optimization Specialist was the final outcome title. The mission of the DACUM process was successful with a full document the curriculum faculty developers can use to assure the courses for the HCIT is complete.

The College of the Canyons, Saddleback College and Santa Barbara City College has addressed this increasing need and has developed the HCIT. This IDRC grant is in the process of developing a six course certificate. The DACUM will be used to provide industry feedback to the faculty that is developing this HCIT curriculum. The six courses will be, Medical Terminology, Computer Information Systems, SQL for Healthcare, Business Intelligence Tool, Medical Office Procedures and HIT/Electronic Health Record Privacy and Security. These courses will be stackable and can be taken all together or independently. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is very interested in these developing courses and quite possibly; this curriculum can be made into a certificate, credential or educational component recognized by AHIMA in the future. For more information please contact Paula Hodge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or John Cordova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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