The Chief Health Informatics Officer position establishes a formal informatics leadership presence at the facility level. The formal presence ensures that knowledge of informatics is infused throughout the Syracuse VAMC The focus of this position is to optimize effectiveness of patient care and systems management. Incumbent will also have clinical responsibilities in their field of specialty. May include inpatient care, outpatient care and on call services, depending on specialty. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Additional Requirement: Board Certified or Board Eligible Preferred Experience: Background or experience in Medical Informatics 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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Major Duties and Responsibilities This position establishes a formal informatics leadership presence at the facility level. This formal presence ensures that knowledge of informatics is infused throughout the SVAMC, and that health information issues affecting the delivery of care are clearly articulated and raised appropriately for action. The focus of this position is to optimize effectiveness of patient care delivery and systems management in support of the VHA mission and goals. The aim of clinical informatics is to improve health care delivery processes and outcomes through effective use of information and knowledge. The clinician assigned as Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) will use knowledge of patient care combined with the understanding of informatics concepts to achieve the following: assess information and knowledge needs of the health care professionals and patients; characterize, evaluate and refine clinical processes; develop, implement and refine clinical decision support systems; and participate in the procurement, customization, implementation, management, evaluation and continuous improvement of clinical information systems. As a minimum expectation, informatics personnel should demonstrate the following eight core informatics functions at the baseline proficiency level (VHA Health Informatics Functions Framework, 2020)\nOversees the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) ICT and help functionally lead the informatics team and superusers; and members of the SVAMC implementation team. Adoption and Sustainment of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Oversee communication of EMR issues and raises wins and concerns to leadership and to appropriate stakeholders Track progress of solutions, ticket status and patient safety events. Coordinate with SVAMC patient safety manager as needed Oversee EMR communication updates to staff Participate in Informatics Steering Committee (ISC) Assist with implementation of the ICT charter and oversee meeting the goals of the charter Oversees training to include Advancement, and training needs based on system improvement Qualifications The CMIO must demonstrate a mastery of: Medical knowledge by being a Physician licensed in a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia. The health care environment, including how business processes influence health care delivery and the flow of data among the major domains of the health care system. How information systems and processes enhance or compromise the decision making and actions of health care team members. Re-engineering health care processes. Understanding clinical workflows. Understanding of revenue cycle and administrative hospital roles and functions Fundamental information system concepts, including the life cycle of information systems, evolving capabilities of information technology and health care, and the technical and non-technical issues surrounding system implementation. How clinical information systems impact users and patients, how to support users and how to promote clinical adoption of systems. Leading organizational change, fostering collaboration, communicating effectively, and managing large scale projects related to clinical information systems. Work Schedule: Primary tour of duty will be 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday; some activities will occur outside VA administrative hours.\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.