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Gwinnett Tech accepting applications for in-demand Health Information Technology

LAWRENCEVILLE — A program that trains professionals for one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare is accepting applications for the fall semester.

Gwinnett Technical College offers a one-year certificate program in Health Information Technology, which offers training in organizing and managing health information data and a secure exchange between users. Students also need to be able to discuss patient information and discrepancies with other professionals, such as doctors and insurance personnel.

The program also offers special funding including tuition stipends for veterans, the underemployed and unemployed. Applications are being accepted for the fall semester, which starts Aug. 19, by June 18.

For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/HIT, email abryant@GwinnettTech.edu or call 678-226-6966.

The HIT certificate is designed to prepare graduates to work in one of six HIT roles where there is expected to be a shortage of HIT professionals. These jobs include practice workflow and information redesign specialist, clinician or practitioner consultant with a healthcare background required, implementation support specialists, implementation manager, software support specialist and trainer.

The program is part of an education partnership between Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech, and comes from a $1.65 million tri-agency “Jobs Accelerator” grant to boost job creation in the field.

The curriculum will include coursework in those aspects of medicine and IT which equip students to build the information technology world that future medical professionals will need to effectively delivery health services.

The program is particularly suited to those who already have some experience in either information technology or the healthcare industry, said Gwinnett Tech program director Victoria Albee.

“People who enjoy change, can learn quickly and are excited about bringing their IT or medical experience to a different kind of environment, while still making a tremendous difference in the lives of people,” Albee said.

The Georgia-based HIT sector employs some 15,000 people in the state and the sector’s primary businesses are growing at a 40 percent rate, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Gwinnett Tech also offers an associate degree in Health Information Technology.