EDC and REB Host Health IT Roundtable
On Wednesday, the EDC and Hampden County Regional Employment
Board (“REB”) hosted David Bryant, the newly appointed eHealth Economic and
Workforce Director for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MTC”).
David shared news about the MTC’s programs in this field, including a paid
internship program for IT students, but he was more interested to find out
about the strength of the Health IT cluster in western Massachusetts. We
invited representatives from companies, colleges and agencies involved
in the field, who shared their individual stories, as well as their overall
perspective of our cluster.
Data and anecdotal evidence support the fact that Health
IT is a growing sector in the region. Many firms are adding employees and we
have some exciting new initiatives, highlighted by the recently funded Baystate
Health IT Center of Excellence. We talked about matching State programs and university
and community college course work to the needs of industry and focused on
hiring and training needs of the IT industry. Often these discussions get
around to workforce, which is always a key to future industry growth. Many ideas
and recommendations were shared, including a fledgling training operation proposed
The REB has had training programs in the Healthcare industry
for some time, which includes Health IT. One of the programs provides On The
Job Training with the REB paying for one half of the employee’s salary while
he/she is being trained up for the new position. For information about that
program or other workforce or training questions, please contact Kelly Aiken of
the REB at 413-755-1369 or email@example.com.
For economic development or business opportunity questions, please contact Mike
Graney at the EDC, 413-755-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.