The Department of Health and Human Services made known last week that there is $80 million in new health IT training grants. These new grants are aimed at strengthening the country’s health IT labor force. The grants are broken down into two different categories: community college training programs ($70 million) and educational materials ($10 million). According to a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services, David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for HHS, said, “Ensuring the adoption if electronic health records, information exchange among health care providers and public health authorities, and redesign of workflows within health care settings all depend on having qualified pool of workers.” With these programs, there will be a larger pool of skilled health IT workers.
The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate collaborated with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an artificial intelligence system geared to help first responders process large amounts of information. Built under S&T's Next Generation First Responder Apex program, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis or AUDREY works to manage first responder data in emergency situations, the DHS said Tuesday.