The US Government has announced grants of nearly $1bn in federal economic stimulus funds to expand the use of health information technology and to train staff on how to use it.
The funds will be used to help make healthcare information technology available to over 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014 and train thousands of people for careers in healthcare and information technology.
More than $750m has been awarded for states and healthcare providers and more than $225m in Department of Labor grants will be used to train 15,000 people in job skills.
Grant recipients had identified 10,000 openings for workers which will be filled within the next two years, the White House said.
The use of information technology in healthcare can help control skyrocketing costs, which is a central theme of the health overhaul push, reports Reuters.