Project Title

MJSP Informatics

Date Awarded

Summer 6-15-2016

Department/School

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Project Description

Mary Clem, Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, was awarded a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant in the amount of $46,326 for the Benedictine Health System and Presbyterian Homes & Services project. This training program builds on the curriculum content and faculty expertise of St. Kate’s associate and master’s level informatics degree programs to meet a critical need shared by PHS-the nation’s fourth largest senior living organization and BHS-a top 10 largest US senior care organization. Faculty from St. Kate’s current, associate-level Registered Health Information Technician (AHIMA-RHIT) certificate program have leveraged their AHIMA partnership to ensure effective content and design of this training program and continue to collaborate to define the most efficient test preparation procedures for participants. It is anticipated the project will have added impacts: validate and strengthen curriculum in existing informatics degree programs and courses, strengthen faculty members’ healthcare currency through engagement with large aging services providers, increase awareness of and enrollment in associate and master’s level informatics degree programs among partners’ trainees and employees seeking continued informatics career advancement, grow research capacity of St. Kate’s, PHS and BHS, who are collaborating to launch a national center focused on healthy aging, called CareForce Innovation, which depends on capacity to access and use data, provide a new, open enrollment program to prepare trainees from smaller, aging services employers for AHIMA Health Data Analyst certification and a Train-the-Trainer Toolkit allowing trainees’ to spread a subset of knowledge and skill across their organizations — expressed as pervasive industry needs, provide a new, open enrollment short-course attractive to St. Kate’s current health professions students, allowing them to graduate with informatics skills critical to clinical innovation, practice and research today.

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