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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Bellevue Community College would receive a grant to fund their health information technology program which trains health care professionals to help support providers as they switch to electronic records. A senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, Senator Murray has long supported investments in health IT, which will save our health care system billions through cutting waste and eliminating the need to repeat medical tests. This is the second year that BCC has received a grant to lead a 10-state consortium of community colleges from the Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals in Health Care Program. This program is funded through the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“I am proud that Bellevue Community College received a grant to continue their critical health information technology training program,” said Senator Murray. As our innovative health care industry continues to grow, investing in a well trained workforce is one of the smartest job-creating investments we can make.”

Programs within the College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals in Health will help train more than 10,500 new health IT professional annually by 2012.