Interested Participants – Steps to begin:
- Complete the program application and return it to the Rural Health IT Network Director. Page 3 of the application is a FERPA release form which allows the Network Director to obtain your academic information. Please complete the form for the program you intend to participate in—if you enroll in a different program, we will update the FERPA form.
- The Network Director will determine your eligibility to participate in the program and notify you of a decision.
- If you are accepted, begin researching which educational program is the best fit for you. Feel free to contact each educational institution’s program director for additional information.
- Complete the college enrollment process.
- Notify the Network Director which program you will be participating in, and when you intend to start.
- Pay applicable fees, tuition, and purchase books.
- Study hard and get good grades!
- Upon successful completion of each semester (you must obtain a “C” or better in each course), the program will reimburse you for your tuition, fees, and books. Please retain your original receipts. We will also need a completed W-9 Form.
*Some students may have received support from their employer to pay their upfront costs. In that case, the Rural Health IT program will reimburse the employer on a semester by semester basis. The student must still maintain grades of a “C” or better for each course.
- An additional EHR-specific training (one-day only) will be scheduled upon completion of the certificate program. More information will follow…
Outcomes – Graduates are prepared to:
- Document the workflow and information management models of the practice.
- Conduct user requirements analysis to facilitate workflow design.
- Develop revised workflow and information management models for the practice, based on meaningful use of a certified EHR product.
- As the practice implements the EHR, work directly with practice personnel to implement the revised workflow and information management model.
- Working with practice staff, develop a set of plans to keep the practice running if the EHR system fails.
- Working with practice staff, evaluate the new processes as implemented, identify problems and changes that are needed, and implement these changes.
- Design processes and information flows for the practice that accommodate quality improvement and reporting.
- Ensure that the patient/consumer perspective is incorporated into EHR deployments and that full attention is paid in the deployment to critical issues of patient privacy.
- Train practitioners in best use of the EHR system, conforming to the redesigned practice workflow.