HITS: Health Information Technology Scholars Program

HITS: Health Information Technology Scholars Program

Advancing Health Information Technologies Through Faculty Empowerment

The University of Kansas School of Nursing in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver, Johns Hopkins University, and Indiana University, in partnership with the National League for Nursing (NLN) presents:

HITS: Health Information Technology Scholars Program

Supported by HRSA - Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education & Practice Initiative. This project is supported by a five-year, $1.5 million grant provided by The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT).
Our Purpose

The Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) project is designed to develop, implement, disseminate and sustain a faculty development collaborative (FDC) initiative to integrate information technologies in nursing curriculum and expand the capacity of collegiate schools of nursing to educate students for the 21st century.
Project Goals

  • Transform teaching and learning in the 21st century - Merge informatics, telehealth, simulation and e-learning to create powerful learning environments.
  • Improve Nursing Education and Practice - develop faculty to integrate IT in curricula to educate future practitioners.
  • Expand Infrastructure for clinical Learning Processes - Educate a cadre of well-informed faculty who focus on real-world applications of technologies in their education practices.
  • Optimize Patient Safety and Drive Improvements in Healthcare Quality - Better educate future workforce with competencies to provide safe, quality and efficient healthcare through use of technologies.

Target Audience

The target audience is faculty from diverse academic settings who are enthusiastic about integrating health information and other technologies in their curriculum to prepare future practitioners with a new skill set. These faculty will advance their leadership skills within and beyond their own institution. They will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to educate practitioner to meet the competencies required for improving quality, safety and efficiencies in healthcare. In addition, Scholars will develop a support network for innovative education, receive a certificate of recognition and be awarded continuing education credit for their participation.


Last modified: Aug 01, 2013