Project Title

Health Informatics Project

Name of Award

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Award

Date Awarded



Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Project Description

Mary Clem, Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, received a $46,326 grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. In response the needs of our aging population, St. Catherine University’s (St. Kate’s) Associate Degree Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Master’s Degree in Health Information Management programs will collaborate with Benedictine Health System (BHS) and Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) to develop a new training program. The program will prepare incumbent eldercare workers to meet the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA’s) Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) credentials. Trainees will be selected from among existing information managers and clinicians at BHS and PHS who demonstrate knowledge of health systems; awareness of data and reporting requirements; and general capacity to identify, analyze and communicate data. While demonstrated knowledge and skills have resulted in participants’ being promoted into roles involving health data management or clinical quality improvement, formal training in informatics is essential to grow their capacity to use information to improve quality, cost, and service within their businesses and eldercare more broadly.

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