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Health IT grads to improve healthcare

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- Nine U.S. programs in comprehensive management of health information are graduating their first classes, totaling about 500 students this summer, officials say.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT, saluted the first class from Columbia University, partnering with Cornell University in New York City, for being a part of an innovative program aimed at using modern data technology to improve the U.S. healthcare system.

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for $2 billion in funds to implement a variety of programs, including the development health professionals across the nation to support doctors, hospitals and other providers with specialized health IT tools and skills.

"You are now leaders in a movement that is crucial for the future of health care and the future of our Nation," Mostashari told the graduates. "Information technology will be transformative for healthcare in America, and it will demand a new workforce with leaders who come from university programs like this one."

The other programs include Duke University, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; George Washington University; Indiana University; The Johns Hopkins University; Oregon Health and Science University; Texas State University, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin and Houston; University of Colorado at Denver College of Nursing; and University of Minnesota, in partnership with the College of St. Scholastica.

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