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Location:Prince George
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Competition #:05385939
Bargaining Unit:NON-CONTRACT

Position Summary

The Specialist, Clinical Interoperability Standards leads and promotes the integration of information technologies and clinical change initiatives that automate and/or enhance evidence-based clinical practices, access to patient/client information and clinical documentation via the BC Health Information Exchange, as well as other interoperability paradigms.

As an integral member of a regional multi-disciplinary IT team, the Specialist, Clinical Interoperability Standards works to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and meaningful use of the Northern Health clinical systems throughout NH programs and services. The role provides interoperability standards subject matter expertise at all stages of the clinical system life cycle, translates clinical requirements, leads teams and contributes to project planning, budgets and implementation schedules. The role also participates in recruitment and provides coaching, supervision and evaluation of staff.

The Specialist acts as the Health Authority subject matter expert in the area of Clinical Interoperability standards, and works closely with provincial initiatives and working groups to make the best use of international health information management standards. The role accurately and promptly analyzes, prioritizes and translates Northern Health identified health care needs and requests to communication standards that support improved access to health care information for health care providers across the continuity of care spectrum. This includes facilitating communication amongst end users, identifying and articulating gaps between clinical business processes and systems and facilitates the analysis, design, building and maintenance of clinical content standards within systems.

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science or health informatics discipline;
- Relevant professional development in areas of IM/IT, process improvement, change management, project management, group facilitation;
- Five (5) to seven (7) years recent, related experience in clinical operations and/or clinical systems facilitation;
- HL7 standards certification;
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong understanding of HL7 standards (e.g. HL7 v2, HL7 v3 RIM, CDA, FHIR)
- Ability to guide, coach, teach, and promote a learning environment and continuous quality improvement.
- Ability to display knowledge of how people, resources and information flow through the health system.
- Demonstrated understanding of the data interrelationship and dependencies among the various health information systems.
- Strong documentation skills and demonstrated ability to develop detailed clinical or technical documentation, information models, diagrams, and track work activities or issues documentation.
- Intermediate computer skills and ability to work comfortably with business process management tools, spreadsheets, presentations, diagramming and word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Word).
- Familiarity with international terminology and coding standards (e.g. ICD9/10, SnomedCT, LOINC)

Prince George is one of the larger cities in British Columbia with a population of approximately 75,000. Built on the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers, Prince George is close to the geographic center of British Columbia and has become a transportation hub as well as an important link in the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor. It is a major centre for shopping and a service centre for surrounding communities, as well as home to the University of Northern British Columbia. In Prince George, BC’s Northern capital, you are just minutes from being fully immersed in the wonders of our natural surroundings – this is a true outdoor person’s paradise. A warm, friendly and diverse population attests to our community spirit. You can be assured of discovering a myriad of entertainment and recreational options year-round, from heritage and cultural opportunities to good old family fun.

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