PCC Gets Grant For Health Information Technology Training

If you're looking for a job, health information technology may be the way to go.

Pitt Community College just got a 21-million dollar federal grant to train people for those jobs.

Governor Beverly Perdue was at the college Friday to see how the money will be used.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over the next five years there won't be enough employees to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they start adopting electronic health care systems.

PCC was picked to be one of five institutions in the United States to start the national program.

Classes, expected to last six-months, should begin in September.


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  • by Data Man on May 27, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    Bev is so sexy!!!
  • by T Location: Gville on May 24, 2010 at 05:11 PM
    I used to work as a medical rec's tech for the state and I quit after having my baby but soon after I heard that state budget cuts said Med Rec's didn't need that many people. My used to be boss the RHIA is now a school teacher... So I do not think that the jobs are out there for this profession.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 22, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    Money spent on education is never a waste.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 22, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    I worked in that arena for years. I thought the opposite was true; that due to the rise in electronic records, staff was being eliminated. The only thing staff does now is scan paper records and retrieve old records from media like CD's/microfische archives. Also, medical records are rapidly becoming available on hospital and physician's computers now due to the new system of electronic records. It's called going 'paperless' and has been in the process of being implemented for several years now. I guess this would be training for RHIA's and management positions. This is not being negative; just stating facts.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2010 at 07:32 PM
    Just waiting for someone to put a negative twist on this, how about it OSOC?
  • by hope Location: NC on May 21, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    Kudos to PCC for having a hat in the ring. If tax money is going to be spent, & it is, I am glad to see it done in eastern NC.
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