November 24, 2009 By News Report
Dr. David Blumenthal (pictured), HHS' national coordinator for health information technology, today announced plans to make available $80 million in ARRA grants to help develop and strengthen the health information technology workforce. The grants will include $70 million for six-month non-degree community college training programs for those experienced in health care or IT. Participating colleges will coordinate their efforts through five regional consortia. Another $10 million will help develop educational materials to support those programs. Information about grant applications will be available shortly.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.