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Press Release: STEM Fuse is donating $15 million worth of HIT (health information technology) curricula to U.S. high schools.

Sioux Falls, SD – STEM Fuse, LLC, the fastest growing provider of K-14 digital STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum in the United States is donating $15 million – $15 MILLION – worth of HIT (health information technology) curricula to U.S. high schools.

The health care industry is facing massive changes brought about by two major factors, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the general advancement of technology. These changes in health care – which amount to 1/6 of the U.S. economy – are creating a flood of new employment opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of health information technicians is projected to grow faster than the average occupation in coming years, with an expected 20% employment increase through 2018. Also according to the BLS, the median wage for a health information technician tops $32,000 annually.*

Health information technology encompasses computer-related work in a healthcare setting. Professionals in this line of work contribute to the organization and maintenance of medical data, such as electronic medical record (EMR) information. They typically perform duties in an office setting and may be employed within hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, government agencies and other organizations that use electronic medical records.

Despite the tremendous growth in the HIT field along with the relative ease of access for employees to get into this field (in many cases a two year associates degree is enough for hire) the vast majority of U.S. high schools do not offer HIT. Cost, upgraded technology and teacher expertise have been barriers to schools taking a serious look at implementing an HIT course. However STEM Fuse has changed that.

“We were founded with the single goal of improving STEM education in the United States and health information technology is now the fastest growing career in the country” says Carter Tatge, Founder of STEM Fuse. “We need to expose our high school science, technology and business students to this industry. So, to this end, STEM Fuse is donating our popular HIT course (Health:IT) to 10,000 U.S. high schools.” STEM Fuse will also provide training and tech support for any teacher using our Health:IT curriculum in their school. According to Tatge, “all materials, technology, software and training will be 100% free to the first 10,000 schools who wish to participate. We exist for exactly this type of initiative. We want to help our schools, our students and our economy by showing the practical importance of STEM education. We look forward to working with schools and teachers to make a huge impact in the HIT field.”

*http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm

About STEM Fuse:

STEM Fuse, LLC, is the fastest growing provider of K-14 STEM curriculum in the U.S. Their courses are taught in over 3,000 schools in all 50 U.S. states and the company was recently named a 2013 TEKNE award finalist. To learn more, visit www.stemfuse.com.

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