DENVER (Jan. 27, 2021) — The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and Optimum Healthcare IT today announced a new partnership that provides a pathway for recent college graduates to high-paying healthcare IT jobs through a novel apprenticeship program.
CU Denver graduates who are accepted into the Optimum CareerPath Program™ will work to bridge the skills gap in healthcare information technology. CareerPath apprentices, who are considered Optimum employees, participate in a three-month immersive healthcare IT training program focusing on specific IT skills and platforms used by hospitals. After completing the program on healthcare fundamentals, the apprentices join Optimum project teams serving healthcare systems across the United States.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful opportunity, which is win-win for our students and for Optimum. The CareerPath apprenticeship provides our hard-working students valuable, industry-relevant skills, preparing them to launch careers in the high-demand field of healthcare technology,” said CU Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks. “It also provides Optimum with workers trained to meet their specific needs in healthcare IT. Through its partnerships and collaborations with private industry, CU Denver is continuing to play an important role in filling key needs in today’s workforce.”
In addition to CareerPath training, apprentices will receive a certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME) and training on the Epic platform.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. Until now, according to Optimum, there has not been a college or university that has hosted training on specific electronic health records (EHR) software platforms.
“CU Denver is an ideal partner for CareerPath’s second hub,” said Jason Jarrett, CEO of Optimum Healthcare IT. “Whether it’s electronic health records, enterprise resource planning, or ServiceNow, COVID has demonstrated an urgent shortage of tech talent both trained on the specific platforms that hospitals and health systems deploy as well as knowledgeable about healthcare.”
For more information on the Optimum CareerPath Program visit https://www.optimumhit.com/services/optimum-careerpath.
About University of Colorado Denver
CU Denver is Denver’s partner in progress and ally in innovation. Our connection to our vibrant city inspires leading research, creative work, and civic engagement. Our collaboration with Denver’s businesses and local government helps set us apart from other universities. With a history that began in 1912, CU Denver has operated independently since 1973. Our location in downtown Denver serves more than 15,000 students. In Colorado and around the world, our talented graduates form a diverse and growing Lynx family. We work to create welcoming and respectful learning environments where a culture of inclusion can flourish. At CU Denver, we honor our diversity of experiences and perspectives in the committed belief that they enrich the educational experience for all.
About Optimum Healthcare IT
Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum provides world-class professional staffing services to fill any need as well as consulting services that encompass advisory, EHR implementation, training and activation, EHR optimization, community connect, managed services, enterprise resource planning, security, and ancillary services – supporting our client’s needs through the continuum of care. Our organization is led by a leadership team with extensive experience in providing expert healthcare staffing and consulting solutions to all types of organizations. Visit www.optimumhit.com or call 1.904.373.0831 to find out how your organization can take advantage of our solution offerings.