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Physician Informaticist

Company: Northern Arizona Healthcare
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

The Physician Informaticist serves as a vital liaison between the clinical information systems/ information technology department and healthcare professionals. This position will provide knowledge and experience-based support to highly visible, sensitive, and multi-faceted initiatives. The Physician informaticist will serve as a subject matter expert (SME) on physician clinical content, terminologies and clinical decision support of clinical systems, and physician education regarding clinical informatics.

The Physician informaticist acts as a bi-directional champion for information technology efforts impacting provider workflow and patient care as a well as a trainer, educator and coach. The Physician informaticist will be responsible for supporting the development, implementation and use of clinical information systems to assist clinicians in the delivery of the highest quality and most appropriate patient care. This position will analyze EMR utilization and performance data to drive maximum adoption and efficient use of the EMR.

This position, in collaboration with the informatics team, will participate in appropriate meetings to drive meaningful change, decision making and provider engagement. The Physician informaticist will build and maintain strong working relationships with the provider community.

Strategy and Planning
* Analyzes complex clinical operations, organizational structures, and care processes to facilitate decision making regarding EMR design and workflow.
* Gains the support and consensus of physician leadership and regarding information technology needs and priorities and represents these needs in strategic planning.
* Chairs, co-chairs and/or attends governance meetings and steering committees as applicable.
* Collaborates with physicians and staff to optimize the usage of clinical systems through education, training, quality outcomes and provides support for those systems.
* Uses analytical applications to review and support the development of trainings and support plans.
Management and Operations
* Promotes evidence-based and efficient practices utilizing technology to support and advance provider workflow.
* Evaluates the impact of information technology on clinical processes and identifies areas to promote the use of technology in creating efficiencies for clinicians and improving quality of care.
* Responsible for timely and accurate communication for clinical system issues within scope. Establishes and maintains strong provider relationships and open communication pathways.
* Translates existing, complex workflows, from a variety of patient care settings across the inpatient and outpatient arena, into logic that enhances configuration of clinical information systems thereby facilitating enhanced patient care and safety.
* Participates in the planning of training as well as tutoring of physicians and staff in the use of hospital information health systems.
Workforce Development/ Leadership
* Provides consultation, guidance and education to organizational leaders regarding clinical documentation systems and best practices.
* Establishes and maintains relationships with clinicians and advocates the use of standardized clinical information systems to support clinical decision support, evidence-based practice, and patient safety.
* Ensures clinical leaders are involved, educated and updated in all matters relate to EMR system changes/updates/projects/changes.
* Serves as an adviser to the CIO, CMO, CNOs or other senior leaders.
* Be a visible champion for the establishment of longitudinal inpatient and outpatient electronic health record (EHR) systems.
* Provides medical leadership in the areas of planning, development, preparation and implementation of strategic and tactical clinical information systems, this may include: core clinical systems, physician order entry documentation, and system wide divisional and departmental clinical systems including the development of a computerized patient record.
* Collaborates with health system clinical staff including physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and ancillary personnel to effectively and safely re-design clinical care information processes leveraging opportunities for improvement using clinical information systems while understanding concurrent limitations.
* Helps set priorities and delivers clinical information solutions that are practical and effective, obtaining buy-in from medical staff leadership as well as the medical staff at-large.
Personal Knowledge and Acumen
* Continually remains knowledgeable of applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations; regulatory standards; the organization's policies and procedures; and keep track of forecasted changes to federal and state requirements around clinical performance (e.g. Value Based Purchasing, readmission penalties, ambulatory initiatives, etc.) to ensure ongoing success of NAH.
* Remains current with new technologies as well as national and local issues affecting healthcare information technology and their potential influence on the institution.
* Responsible for reporting any safety-related incident in a timely fashion through the Midas/RDE tool; attends all safety-related training programs; performs work in a safe manner; monitors work environment for possible safety issues and ensures others are also performing work in a safe manner.
* Stays current and complies with state and federal regulations/statutes and company policies that impact the employee's area of responsibility.
* If required for the position, ensures all certifications and/or licenses are up-to-date and valid prior to expiration dates.
* Completes all company mandatory modules and required job-specific training in the specified time frame.

Education commensurate with Arizona MD or DO license - Required

Certification & Licensures
Lights on/Cerner Advance preferred and completion within 1 year from date of hire
Other Cerner certifications or conference to support provider education and adoption
Cerner Fundamentals within 1 year from date of hire

Understands and working knowledge of EMR workflows and ability to analyze processes.

Demonstrates high level critical thinking abilities, analysis and problem solving skills

Working knowledge and application of project management, SDLC, ITSM and ITIL process methodologies

Demonstrated clinical and leadership influence abilities, and superuser proficiency with inpatient and outpatient systems.

Excellent communication and people skills and skilled in process management and management of group dynamics.

Demonstrated ability to perform in a team environment, utilizing effective team relationship skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization.

Flexible and comfortable with ambiguity and change with proven past experience in managing change process in a previous position.

Healthcare is a rapidly changing environment and technology is integrated into almost all aspects of patient care. Computers and other electronic devices are utilized across the organization and throughout each department. Colleagues must have an understanding of computers, and competence in using computers and basic software programs.

Keywords: Northern Arizona Healthcare, Flagstaff , Physician Informaticist, Healthcare , Flagstaff, Arizona

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