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June 13, 2014- DMC selected for White House program supporting health IT apprenticeships

The Detroit Medical Center is one of only nine hospital systems selected nationwide to participate in a federally initiated pilot project to provide apprenticeships in health information technology and information management.

As a leader in health information technology, DMC was encouraged to apply for the program after impressing regional executives during a National Health Policy Forum site visit in March.

The program is part of Vice President Joe Biden's White House jobs and skills initiative that matches high school and community college students with high growth/high need jobs. Experts predict demand for health informatics professionals will grow by 20% through 2018, and need an additional 50,000 skilled IT workers over the next few years. Three other health systems in southeast Michigan are also participating in the program.

"It is a great honor to be chosen by the White House as one of only nine sites across the U.S. to participate in this initiative. It highlights that the DMC is a leader in health information technology and is using this technology to improve patient care and safety," said Lisa M. Flynn, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Information Officer, DMC. "We are very excited about the opportunity."

More than nine years ago, through visionary leadership, Detroit Medical Center emerged as an early adopter of Electronic Medical Records. While other systems tinkered with the idea, DMC accepted the challenge, realizing that healthcare IT was the future. Since then, DMC has continued to lead the industry in EMR transformation using electronic collaboration and document review to a nearly unsurpassed degree in support of patient safety and care. Through 100% medication scanning, electronic physician orders, and the newest initiative, meaningful use, DMC remains committed to advancing the healthcare landscape.

"The benefit to DMC of this opportunity is that we will attract many young and talented applicants and may eventually recruit them to join our healthcare IT team," CMIO Flynn said. "The greater benefit is that this assures our community that not only are we dedicated to using the latest technology to enhance quality care, but we are a resource for career opportunities for our local high school and community college students in the growing field of healthcare IT.

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