Belmont University, health care IT group launch workforce accelerator

Health care, tech councils supporting 20-person program

Belmont University and the Tennessee chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society have launched a workforce accelerator program through a collaboration with the Nashville Health Care and Nashville Technology councils.

The accelerator will be a certification program for individuals pursuing the health care information technology sector. Officials with the program are planning a class size of 20 students two times per year, said Tod Fetherling, HIMSS' vice president of workforce development and co-founder of health care analytics company Stratasan.

Objectives for the accelerator include preparing workforce-ready health care IT analysts through specialized training with industry professionals and HIMSS member companies.

"With changes in the regulatory environment and business practices in health care over the past decade, the need to implement health care technology systems to support core processes has become a very real business operative," Brian Moyer, president of TN HIMSS (pictured), said in a release. "This is challenging not only in the implementation itself but also due to a lack of sufficient workers skilled in health care IT. With the accelerator program, we hope to expand the workforce to allow the industry to continue to grow in our area."