The Detroit Medical Center is one of nine hospital systems selected nationwide to participate in a federally initiated pilot project to provide apprenticeships in health information technology and information management.
The program is part of Vice President Joe Biden’s White House jobs and skills initiative that matches high school and community college students with high growth/high need jobs. The demand for health informatics professionals will grow by 21 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The benefit to DMC of this opportunity is that we will attract many young and talented applicants and may eventually recruit them to join our healthcare IT team,” says Dr. Lisa M. Flynn, DMC’s chief medical information officer. “The greater benefit is that this assures our community that not only are we dedicated to using the latest technology to enhance quality care, but we are a resource for career opportunities for our local high school and community college students in the growing field of healthcare IT.”
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and other partners will support the program by connecting participants with potential apprenticeship candidates, providing technical assistance and support, and directing participants to resources they can use for training.