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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Workforce Training to Educate Health Care Professionals in Health Information Technology

Deadline: April 6, 2015

This funding opportunity will establish cooperative agreements to update materials and develop a training program to further the Workforce Training Programs – Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals in Health Care and the Curriculum Development Centers cooperative agreement programs funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of the Workforce Training Program is to provide assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to establish or expand medical health informatics education programs to promote the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies.

This funding opportunity is designed for two years. In the first year, applicants will receive awards to update the health IT instructional training material that was initially developed under the Curriculum Development Centers Cooperative Agreement. The grantees will convene an advisory board or equivalent entity to update the existing training materials. The advisory board will consist of: Academic institutions; industry experts; employers; standards-based organizations, business and consumer stakeholders; health care associations; Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) grantees and constituents, including Regional Extension Centers (RECs), State Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Beacon Communities, and ONC Fellows; and State Innovative Model (SIM) grantees.

The solicitation is seeking grantees to update training materials in four key topic areas: 1) Population health; 2) Care coordination; 3) New care delivery and payment models; and 4) Value-based care. The grantees will update health IT instructional training materials to include these four key topic areas. Specifically, the material should include competencies such as leveraging interoperable health IT, new value-based payment models, the Medical Home model, data analytics, tele-health, consumer engagement, care automation tools, patient safety and quality of care, population health, and accountable care organizations.

Updated training materials will be publicly available at the end of the program’s period of performance or 24 months from start date. In the second year, grantees will collectively train approximately 6,000 incumbent health care workers with the updated materials. Once the training material has been updated, grantees will work together to develop one training program that can be used to train staff members in organizations that include, but are not limited to, accountable care organizations, patient centered medical homes, solo practices, group practices, safety net clinics, hospitals, private practices, and health systems. Completion of the training needs to be accomplished within the span of 5 days or less. The curriculum must have the flexibility to be conducted through various training approaches, including, but not limited to, in-person, web-based, and train-the-trainer. Additionally, grantees will use updated training materials to develop a baseline health IT curriculum that can be taught in a traditional academic capacity over a course of 2-4 semesters or its equivalent. This baseline curriculum will be made publicly available.

Also during the second year of funding, each grantee will begin their training programs. Training programs may be implemented through various modes, including, but are not limited to, in-person, web-based, and train-the-trainer. Implementation of the training and materials designed and updated for this program should be conducted by academic institutions or health IT training organizations through a model or approach that best fits the existing needs of the health care professionals being trained. While incumbent health care workers are the target audience, grantees should consider marketing their programs to local displaced health care workers, clinical staff, and Veterans. Grantees also should ensure they are able to provide training to those in underserved populations. Each grantee will be responsible to train approximately 1,000 students per grant award.

Amount: Approximately $6,400,000 is available to fund from 5-7 cooperative agreements that range from $800,000 to $2,000,000 and last up to two years.

Eligibility: This funding opportunity is open to the public in the United States. Considering the timeframe and the amount of funding available to execute and accomplish workforce training goals, it is anticipated that applicants will have experience and a working knowledge of the previous work product and the ability to update and develop materials as specified in the announcement. It is also anticipated that the applicants will have experience in training Health IT professionals.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=272814

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