Washington Health Information Industry-Education Council
The Washington Health Information Industry-Education Council was a forum for health information technology (HIT) employers and educators to work together as partners to improve workforce training and meet the growing demand for HIT workers.
The Health Care Authority administered the Council under a five-year U.S. Department of Labor grant from 2011 to 2016. Its members included representatives of the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, Bellevue College, various community colleges (including the Workforce Development Consortium authorized by the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act), hospitals, medical practices, tribal clinics, HIT professional societies, and the Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center.
The Council created an inventory of post-secondary education programs offered in Washington or online that prepare students for a career in health information technology or enhance the health information skill sets of those in other health-related or IT occupations. The listing provides pertinent information about each program—duration, cost, prerequisites, and typical career outcomes. It includes web contact information for each program.
In addition to the HIT Educational Resource Inventory, the council created several products assessing the state of HIT education and careers and anticipated health IT workforce needs.