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July 25, 2011

TRS Institute Changes Name to Reflect Commitment towards Building Trained Healthcare Workforce

After securing is place in the healthcare documentation services and training industry, TRS Institute has now decided to undergo a brand makeover to reflect the company’s belief and business focus.

Through a press release, TRS Institute announced that from now on, it will operate as the training and workforce development arm of the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG).

According to company CEO, Peter Reilly, it is the people who are the foundation of today’s healthcare system and not the technology. According to Reilly, technology is an enabler. Without 'competently' trained professionals such as clinicians, nurses, medical language specialists, medical billers and coders and medical scribes, the foundation of healthcare would not be possible, even if billions of dollars have been invested in technology to make things better. According to Reilly, everything “comes down to people.”

According to an estimate, there is a 40-50 percent shortage of health information workers and the deficit is expected to grow by 20 percent over the next five years. By bringing our innovative training and workforce development team together with our quality outsourcing services team, AHDPG strives to fill this void by offering hospitals, physicians, community colleges, and industry service providers an economical means to train the additional staff they need to fill these roles.

The USA health sector needs an additional supply of 6,000 new workers annually. By some estimates, the U.S. government is pushing to train 10,500 health IT workers by 2012. Under the backdrop of growing unemployment, the workforce development programs offered by AHDPG, are believed to provide a unique opportunity for individuals looking for the security and stability of an allied health care career.

AHDPG offers training in medical transcription, speech recognition editing, medical billing and coding and medical scribing programs. The company claims to prepare their students, clients (hospitals & physician practices) and other related organizations (MTSOs & Community Colleges) for the evolving healthcare environment, by providing a variety of credentialing and continuing education programs and services.

AHDPG offers online training and workforce development platforms where students can learn and also have an opportunity to work for the company.

“And where some training companies are changing their focus from the ‘people’ to the ‘technology’, we remain steadfast in our belief and focus on developing ‘competently’ trained individuals the healthcare industry desperately needs,” said Reilly.

Last October, TRS Institute announced the expansion of its health care training program with the addition of a Medical Billing and Coding curriculum to its course offerings. In partnership with AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders), TRSI announced the addition of Medical Billing and Reimbursement, a Physician Office, and Hospital Coding to existing course offerings. Courses will leverage the highly regarded AAPC curriculum and be taught by AAPC Certified Instructors.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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