MGH and MGPO hires Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Students as Contractors on Major Epic Technical Dress Rehearsal (TDR) Project


Boston, MA—The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is pleased to announce that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) have hired twenty current BFIT students enrolled in the Computer Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Technology, and Health Information Technology associate and bachelors of science programs as contractors on a Technical Dress Rehearsal (TDR) project to test and ensure functionality of the IT infrastructure for MGH’s Epic Go-Live date in July. The students will be testing upwards of 5000 PCs at MGH to ensure proper installation and functionality in preparation for the launch.

Dr. Gerald Elysee, Assistant Professor of Computer Technology (CT) and Coordinator of the Health Information Technology (HIT) program at BFIT believes that the college’s unique program in HIT “equips our students with the right combination of information technology, healthcare, and people skills, which will enable them to contribute effectively to the success of the TDR project at MGH.” BFIT has the only BS program in HIT in Massachusetts, and has fostered strong relationships with area hospitals in order to bolster student learning and practical skills in the workplace. “By being part of this project, the students will benefit tremendously by gaining practical experience in their field of study, which will enable them to achieve success in their job search after they graduate, and become HIT professionals who can adapt what they have learned in the classroom to the professional world,” says Dr. Elysee.

Keith Jennings, MBA, Chief Information Officer Massachusetts General Hospital and Physicians Organization is excited about the partnership with BFIT. “I'm proud of Massachusetts General Hospital's commitment to helping young talent prepare for careers in healthcare. Information technology has a major role in shaping the future of our industry and it requires an experienced talent pipeline. I'm excited to play a role in the training of this group of future leaders,” said Jennings.

Federal initiatives like the Meaningful Use financial incentive program are fueling the need for Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals. The healthcare industry is experiencing tremendous demand for individuals with the right combination of information technology skills and knowledge of healthcare language and clinical practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is predicted to grow faster than the average for all occupations with a 22% increase through 2020. The HIT field encompasses a range of positions that involve the development, implementation, and maintenance of computerized health information systems. With the goal of enhancing the quality of patient care and reduce costs, these systems are needed to enable the digitization, storage, and the secure exchange of health information amongst various clinicians across networks and web services within hospitals and other healthcare settings.

About Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a non-profit, technical college with approximately 500 students in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The College offers an array of programs leading to careers in Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Building Technology & Design, HVAC&R, Electrical Technology, and Eye Health Technology fields leading to certificate, associate, and bachelor degree credentials. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additional information about the College and its programs can be found online at