The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded about $4.4 million in grants to expand the rural health information technology (HIT) workforce. The grants will help rural organizations in 15 states to train health care staff, local unemployed workers, rural veterans and others to meet the technology needs of rural hospitals and clinics. Community colleges will work with health care providers to develop rural-focused HIT training programs, in which students will gain electronic health records technology certification, apprenticeship training and the opportunity for employment in rural hospitals and clinics.

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