Physician (Chief Health Informatics Officer)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 7/17/2020
Description The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC is seeking an outstanding Chief Health Informatics Officer with substantial administrative experience, academic credentials, excellent interpersonal and clinical skills, and a track record of creative problem-solving to meet the needs of a busy university affiliated clinical and academic program.

****Recruitment/Relocation Incentive MAY BE approved for highly qualified candidate.****

The Chief Health Informatics Officer will serve as a change agent to promote quality, cost effective patient care at this 152-authorized bed 5-Star tertiary care teaching hospital dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to more than 75,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. S/he is responsible and accountable for the strategy, direction, coordination, organization, and administration of all information management initiatives throughout the entire facility. The incumbent will serve to formulate advanced operations plans, establish quality improvement, and fiscal productivity, while building relationships among academic and DOD partners. The Health Informatics Officer is the facility executive responsible for leading facility health informatics to drive standardization and improve all facets of clinical informatics. The scope of this position will touch all aspects of clinical operations and support leadership through optimization of functions of the electronic medical record and associated clinical programs and maximizing clinical data management and reporting abilities. Information management services are multidisciplinary and require working with disciplines such as Clinical Informatics, Health Information Management, Information Technology, Information Security Officers, Analytics, Virtual Care, Biomedical engineering and Clinical Program Leads. The Chief Health Informatics Officer chairs the facility Clinical Informatics Committee, sits on appropriate facility councils, coordinates health informatics initiatives across the facility and collaborates with the facility chief information managers, clinical applications coordinators, and other VISN and facility leaders as appropriate to develop, coordinate, execute and monitor progress towards the achievement of the goals of the VISN. The incumbent advocates for information management programs and acquisitions that meet clinical and administrative needs and assist medical centers in providing quality patient care.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides data mining and quality reporting.
  • Leads systems development and implementation in clinical settings.
  • Oversees and coordinates PI activities geared toward improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery.
  • Leads facility modernization projects that bring innovations and cutting-edge clinical informatics technologies that positively impact the diagnosis, care treatment and delivery if healthcare to our Veterans.
  • Responsible for designing and integrating technology into workflows involving the medical and technological sides of medicine.
  • Works in collaboration with Quality Management to spearhead activities that solve identified healthcare delivery problems and to initiate changes that use informatics technologies to improve the quality of healthcare.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM - Weekend work as needed.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

***THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. 1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 8/3/2020. AFTER THAT DATE, APPLICATIONS WILL BE REFERRED AS REQUESTED BY MANAGEMENT.***

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirement, and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services Office.

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Board certified physician (preferably with health informatics training) with two or more years. Proven success working and using clinical informatics to improve the delivery of healthcare processes and systems in a medical center of comparable size.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting of claim files which can be multiple volumes. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.Functions as a Physician. Will provide comprehensive primary care services to a defined panel of patients. Duties include history taking, physical examination, ordering laboratories and diagnostic studies, diagnosis and formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions within the scope of Medicine practice.
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