Job: Nurse Informaticist - Limited Term (Open)

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Job Title:Nurse Informaticist - Limited Term (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Wed. 12/13/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$11,571.73 - $14,466.40 Monthly
$138,860.80 - $173,596.80 Annually
Job Type:Extra Help - Agile (Limited Term)
Location:San Mateo County, California
Health IT is seeking a full-time Nurse Informaticist to serve in the Health Information Exchange Project and Information Governance, for a limited term. The Nurse Informaticist shall act as a liaison between the San Mateo County Health System staff and the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Project Team. This includes primary responsibility of determining the needs and requirements for the HIE application in healthcare settings throughout the Health System. This individual will work with administrative staff, healthcare providers and physicians to optimize the usage of HIE data through education and training, quality outcomes, and providing support in accordance with Project goals. The incumbent will not have clinical duties but will manage a small team of analysts for the duration of the HIE project. The Nurse Informaticist will travel within San Mateo County to meet with healthcare providers and administrative staff, attend meetings, and conduct trainings, to ensure a smooth integration between clinical areas and IT (County cars are available).

The position responsibilities focus on users, policies and clinical processes that interface with the electronic medical record, and reports directly to Health IT Business Intelligence Manager.

The Health IT Division exists to guide the Health System from great ideas to outstanding IT solutions that support our mission of promoting the health and longevity of the residents of San Mateo County.

The ideal candidate:
  • Has a minimum of 5 years of work experience in a healthcare setting.
  • Has certifications in clinical management or health information management.
  • Has strong competency in mapping real-life healthcare practices to informatics applications.
  • Is adept at persuading and training physicians and staff to adopt new workflows and tools, requiring strong knowledge of change management.
  • Has strong knowledge of systems analysis, workflow planning, gathering business requirements and transforming them into functional specifications.
  • Has broad knowledge of healthcare operations and associate technologies.
  • Has excellent ability to translate technical terminology for consumption by non-technical audiences.
  • Has knowledge of adult learning and training methods.
  • Has good familiarity with project management, quality assurance, and information systems design.
  • Has awareness of current IT security standards, applicable privacy laws and regulations.
  • Has effective written, oral, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
  • Is self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
  • Has analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Has a customer-service orientation.

This is a limited term, at-will position not to exceed 3 years. Limited Term employees receive full medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a portable 401(a) plan. However, the eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
 Examples Of Duties:
  • Collaborate closely with - and communicate between - IT leadership and the clinical community to provide leadership for the customer-facing aspects of the HIE Project implementation. 
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for the usage HIE data.
  • Provide leadership to a team of three analysts to capture workflow, business changes, data and training requirements for a number of Health System divisions, including Ambulatory Clinics, Emergency Department, Acute Care, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Aging and Adult Services, Family Health Services, and Correctional Health.
  • Lead the integration between clinical areas and IT regarding the development and translation of business needs, using the appropriate reporting tools and methodologies.
  • Manage workflow and business process changes to ensure the success and optimization of the HIE system.
  • Ensure that the HIE system maintains patient confidentiality and privacy, in accordance with HIPAA and JCAHO.
  • Train, educate, and instruct clinical users on features, operation, and usage of the HIE system.
  • Provide writing and documentation support to capture business area reporting requirements. 
  • Develop and implement auditing and review processes to ensure HIE project goals and objectives are met.
  • Deliver regular reports that clearly communicate the results and/or progress of the HIE initiative.
  • Review HIE system performance at a variety of County locations, and report to Project Team when anomalies, errors, inaccuracies, or inefficiencies occur. Make recommendations as needed.
  • Coordinate the collection and analysis of metrics that relate to benefits realization and the return on investment in the HIE system.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Work Conditions
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a scanner, computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other computer components.


Licensure/Certification: Possession of a license as a Registered Nurse or equivalent.

Knowledge of: Information systems, clinical software and other computer applications related to informatics; Nurse practice act; principles and practices of program management, including planning, implementation and evaluation; and principles of personnel training, supervision and evaluation.

Skill/Ability to: Organize, direct, coordinate and evaluate nursing informatics services that ensure excellence in patient care; communicate effectively with administrative, medical, professional, clinical and citizen groups; and train staff and coordinate activities of contractors and staff, as appropriate.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is an advanced degree in clinical, nursing or medical informatics and five years of related clinical experience with at least two years of managing performance improvement activities, which include analyzing clinical workflow processes.

This a limited term recruitment.  Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Health IT will screen materials during and after the recruitment closes. Health IT will contact qualified candidates directly for a departmental interview.

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Final Date for Filing:  12/13/2017
Application Screening: Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for a departmental interview.
Departmental Interviews: TBD
The County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Arlene Cahill (111317) (Nurse Informaticist - D086)

Keywords:  Informatics, Health Information, Clinical Nurse Informatics, Clinical Nurse Informaticist


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