The Indiana Rural Health Information Technology Education Network (IRHITEN) is a formative, vertical network, modeled after the successful Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network (InSRHN), also developed and led by the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA). Through the IRHITEN the required elements are in place to build a successful, statewide infrastructure to develop a skilled health IT workforce in rural areas across Indiana. IRHITEN includes three experienced and accomplished Network members with statewide presence and connections: Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA), Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Ivy Tech) and HealthLINC. IRHITEN Press Release
The mission of the IRHITEN is to develop and maintain a sustainable, rural-focused education and training network that recruits motivated students, delivers certified health IT education and training, facilitates meaningful apprenticeships and places graduates in rural health IT jobs.
IRHITEN’s vision is to provide rural workers with the relevant health IT skills, experience, and certification necessary to catalyze a high-quality, safe and cost-effective 21st Century health care environment.
There is a growing demand for health IT workers, making education and training investments in rural areas valuable. The IRHITEN will facilitate these investments and create substantial returns for both rural workers and health care providers. HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy provides the funding necessary to commit the staff time, tuition, and other resources needed to ensure the successful development and embedding of the Network into the rural health care system in Indiana.
The overarching goal of the IRHITEN is 1) increase in the number of certified health IT workers working in rural health care settings; and 2) increase the number of rural health care providers achieving Stage 1, 2 and 3 Meaningful Use, leading to improved quality, safety, and cost of care in rural settings.
We are currently accepting applications for January 2015 classes. We will be contacting you in late October or November to discuss your application.
This is a 20 week online certification program. The student commits to 10 - 15 hours per week for successful completion of the course. The apprenticeship program runs concurrently with the certification program. The student is required to complete a meaningful use project for the apprenticeship program and logging a minimum 50 hours to successfully complete the project. The site for this project is usually at the students place of employment or at a rural facility closest to their home to eliminate travel. Each class syllabus is located under the course description tab on this page and is hyperlinked to the course title. The certification testing is included in the program. The student selects a date, time and site of their choosing for the test. A $500 commitment fee is due to Ivy Tech at the time of class registration. All other costs are provided by the IRHITEN under this grant funded opportunity.
Cindy Large, RN, BSN
812-478-3919 ext. 229
This program is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Rural Health Infomrmation Technology Workforce Program, by a grant awarded to the Indiana RUral Health Association (IRHA) in the funding amount of $300,000 annual for 3 years, under grant number R01RH26271.