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Normandale Recognized as National Leader in Health Information Technology Training

Normandale selected as one of 20 national organizations to improve health and transform care through health information technology.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently awarded 20 federal grants to further advance healthcare reform goals, including much-needed up-skilling for healthcare workers and facilities in health IT related skills.


In the next two years, this grant will ensure that over 6,000 healthcare workers across the country will gain training to support advanced uses of health information technologies and data in a variety of settings, including team-based care environments, long-term care facilities, patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, hospitals, and clinics.

Normandale and partner colleges and universities will develop highly targeted, practical content and learning services that will focus on the following health IT priorities: Care Coordination, Population Health Management, New Payment and Delivery Models, and Value-based and Patient-centered Care.

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Normandale will join these six institutions to transform healthcare through training and development.

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bellevue College
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • University of Texas Health Sciences


Normandale has been heavily involved in the evolution of health IT training. The college lead the state through the initial ARRA funded Health IT Workforce training initiatives, which began in 2010 and established the Minnesota Health Information Technology (MNHIT) program. Normandale is also partnering with the Lac qui Parle Health Network to up-skill Minnesota rural healthcare workers through funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sunny Ainley, Associate Dean, explains that in just five years, the need for health IT training has exploded. Normandale has trained more than 700 health professionals, in multiple work roles, designed over 600 hours of online curriculum and worked with more than 50 health care organizations. As the industry has moved through the eras of health IT 1.0 and 2.0, training has focused on implementing and effectively using electronic health records and systems. We are now challenged to leverage data, analytics and informatics to improve care design, delivery and outcomes.

"We have made great strides in the adoption and use of health IT," said the National Coordinator for Health IT - Dr. Karen DeSalvo. "As we move beyond adoption to a learning health system where information is available when and where it matters most, it is important to ensure greater care coordination at the community level. These grants provide resources to meet this goal."

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Press Release: Normandale receives grant from Health and Human Services for ACT Health IT Program