Two programs, not one...
Is TAMHSC on the right track? Yes in some regards. Educating end user docs on the HIT capability road map such as tele-health and mobile will make for a smoother adoption of these technologies over time.
However, TAMHSC is not on the right track with its two goals: a) teaching end users and b) developing HIT technologists. Because the target prospective student is completely different for each goal, these goals need to be separated to provide clarity of purpose and reduce confusion.
For example, with end users, the goal is to create better end user docs. The curriculum should focus on the tools they use in their specialty and day-to-day activities. In this scenario, the goal is to create "drivers" not "mechanics". An end user needs to know how to operate the capability, be it an EHR, a DICOM system or robotic surgery instrument. They don't necessarily need to understand the underlying technology such as a relational data base in the case of a (modern) EHR. The curriculum should include product and capability roadmaps for the functions they may use in the future such tele-health.
For technologists, goal is to create "better" technology. This falls into the age-old tech debate as to who can build a better capability, a tech expert or a end user expert. As the Human Computer Interface field has shown with its emphasis on end user design methodologies, the optimum path to useful technology is the combination of the two. The question for this curriculum is: Does this have to be the same person? How would a design team approach fit into the curriculum?
In addition, a key learning objective for the technology curriculum should be impact of the sea change in the User Interface (UI) paradigm. A high percentage of EHR complaints today are based on the fact that first the command line and then the GUI/mouse interface were not equal to the task in a clinical setting no matter how fancy the graphics or how the checkboxes were aligned. The UI promise of mobile, in addition to being now powerful and cost effective is that it has gesture, video, microphone, an ever increasing number of sensors and is, well mobile. For the technology curriculum to be on the right track, it has to answer the question: will it produce the innovative people who can take the next generation UI and solve the short comings of the current HIT applications?