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Scholarships Available for Electronic Health Records Specialist Training

Catawba Valley Community College will award a number of scholarships to enroll in its Electronic Health Record Specialists Program.

This program prepares individuals to convert paper health-care records to electronic format as mandated by the federal government by 2014.

The training and scholarships at CVCC are being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.  
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that health information technology will be one of the fastest growing and most in demand career tracks in the healthcare industry.  Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of 50,000 needed to convert the national health-care system to electronic health records.  

CVCC’s Electronic Health Record Specialists Program Director Thad Sparkman indicates that almost anyone who has two or more years of experience or an associate degree or higher in a healthcare or computer technology field can qualify.  
CVCC is also developing business partnerships with local area medical organizations to reduce the cost of converting to and operating electronic health record systems. They are offering to train business partner’s employees free of charge to become organizational electronic health record advisors/experts.
CVCC offers Electronic Health Record Specialists Program online anywhere Internet access is available. The training can be completed in six months or less. Students can qualify for scholarships regardless of where they live. Additional information can be obtained at 828-327-7000 ext. 4816 or
For more information, contact:
Thad Sparkman, Program Director
Health Information Technology Workforce Development
Phone: 828-327-7000, ext. 4701
Fax:  828-324-7320


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