TN HIMSS and the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University Announce Health Information Technology Workforce A

Today the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS and the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University, announce 12 graduates of the Workforce Accelerator program’s 2017 Spring class, and launch its annual call for applications for the 2017 Fall class. The 14-week certification program prepares healthcare IT professionals in Middle Tennessee with skills and knowledge to help them navigate the evolving healthcare landscape and to meet the requirements of emerging positions.

Designed for healthcare professionals of all levels, background and careers, the workforce accelerator program teaches students how the blending of healthcare and information technology can be utilized to impact care outcomes, the future of healthcare and business processes in healthcare. With educational opportunities in the healthcare provider, payer and vendor settings led by HIT professionals, students experience real-life challenges and discover best practices to bring into their careers and current positions.

The current class of graduates includes healthcare and healthcare technology professionals from healthcare services companies, startups and industry disruptors throughout Tennessee, including:
• AMSURG, Antione Wilkerson, Corey Cross and Daniel Hudgins
• Ardent Health, Chris Eikel
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN, Taylor Robinson
• Ensworth, Scott Perkinson
• Greater Chattanooga Orthodontics, Lisha Cummings
• HCA, Erika Graves
• Ingenious Med, Steve Spalding and Michael Lynch
• Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Sri Sashti
• Frank Ballek

“Tennessee remains at the forefront of the healthcare industry and is well positioned to be America’s next health IT hub,” said Tod Fetherling, CEO of Perception Health and VP of Workforce Development at TN HIMSS. “It’s important that local healthcare and health IT professionals are knowledgeable of the latest innovative solutions to support the future of Tennessee’s healthcare industry and are trained in specialized situations to be successful in the professional setting. 2017 marks the fifth class that has graduated from the Workforce Accelerator program and each year the class size increases and the content grows more challenging.”

“The workforce accelerator program provides professionals working in Tennessee’s health information technology with foundational tools and knowledge needed to design and influence the future of healthcare,” said Melanie Adams, Executive Director, Center for Executive Education, Belmont University.

The accelerator is a certification program for individuals throughout Tennessee pursuing careers in the healthcare information technology sector. Objectives include preparing workforce-ready healthcare IT professionals through specialized training with industry professional and HIMSS member companies. Curriculum is taught by healthcare professionals and is aimed to help students navigate the path of a complete understanding of healthcare information technology with a detailed view of the U.S. healthcare system and policies; understand specialized knowledge about healthcare IT systems and processes; gain an understanding of vendor solutions; utilize team-based skills and experience real-life situations.

To read the stories of the graduates or to apply to the 2017 Fall program, please visit

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