Healthcare workforce curriculum now available to the public

Hello to all!


I have been communicating with a lot of people via private email – but thought I would just go ahead and try to reach as many folks as I can via this route in regards to the release (to the public) of the Health IT Curriculum that was developed with 5 HITECH/ARRA grants.  I think you will hear more about this over the next few days.


You can read about the grants that were awarded on April 1, 2010 on the ONC Website.  From these grants we have constructed the Health IT Curriculum with is now available via the links below.


The five PI’s are probably familiar to many of you – myself (Patti Abbott at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing), Eta Berner (Univ. of Alabama), Bill Hersh (OHSU), Rita Kukafka (Columbia) and Ed Hammond (Duke).  Our teams have worked incredibly hard to create twenty 3-credit “courses” that are now open to the public and free for all to use.  The goal is to be able to distribute these curricular material around the globe as we scale-up our workforce for our increasingly digitized world of health and healthcare.


The curriculum materials are now available to the public on the NTDC website at or


You can also download the course blueprints (these will give you an idea of the course content and the names of all of the courses now available).  These twenty courses come fully developed with PowerPoint slides (.ppt), readings, transcripts, assessment materials, assignments, & instructor manuals.  The slide decks also come in a SWF format so they can be run simply by using flash (with 508 compliant full audio narration and scripts).


The “pièce de résistance” – at least in my mind – is the inclusion of a fully functional EHR that three of the courses use for a “lab” experience.  As a nurse educator – I have spent a decade trying to get something like this up and running so that we can use it in training health professionals.  As most of you know – getting an EHR for education is NOT easy and NOT cheap.


Here is one that you can use – it is the Veterans Affairs VistA system, it is fully self contained, and it includes the full backend access via “roll and scroll” to the VA Fileman underpinnings.


Anyway, it has been HUGE work, very stressful at times, but I would venture to say that all five of the PI’s who were involved would do it all over again.  It will exist in the open world for you all to use, play with, modify, work on and teach the next generation to excel in our rapidly transforming world.




Patti Abbott


PS – My apologies if you get more than one copy of this email.



Patricia A. Abbott, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor & Co-Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management and Sharing (KIMS)

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Division of Health Sciences Informatics – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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