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Health Informaticist

Health Informaticist

Job ID 6525
Job Location Rockville - MD
Category Healthcare
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

The Health Informaticist provides technical, managerial, and administrative direction for problem definition, analysis, requirements development, and implementation for complex to extremely complex systems for the Indian Health Service (IHS), Health Information Technology Systems and Support (HITSS). This position is responsible for providing expertise in the integration of a variety of heterogeneous public health information systems and databases, sharing and dissemination of public health information, the interaction of information security technology and requirements for privacy and confidentiality of public health data.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis/discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.


Makes recommendations and advises on organization-wide system improvements, optimization or maintenance efforts in the following specialties: information systems architecture, networking, telecommunications, automation, communications protocols, risk management/electronic analysis, software, lifecycle management, software development methodologies, and modeling and simulation. 


Provides high level expertise in the application of technology to areas of interest to government health organizations including Medical Informatics or Public Health Informatics; statistics, bio-statistics, mathematics; specific tools and data resources relevant to the federal health mission including SAS, Epi Info, etc.


Applies sound quantitative data and methods to support deployment of resources for massive public health surveillance, prevention and intervention campaigns and related health activities.


Provides expertise across a wide variety of IT areas as applied to public health, including information retrieval technology, decision science, web technology, data mining, expert systems, networking, public health science, and education.


Ensures HIPAA regulations are properly applied to all information technology in all areas of public health including the information available from health care organizations. Ensures compliance with national and/or international standards development activities such as HL7, X12, W3C and in the application of advanced scientific visualization technology to public health science and practice. 


Maintains customer satisfaction through a combination of meeting performance objectives, frequent communications, and developing the relationship so that collaboration and consultative solutions-oriented approaches are possible.


Proactively manages changes in project scope, identifies potential crises, and devises contingency plans.


Develops and delivers progress reports such as project metrics and project status. 


Ensures the highest quality services in the conduct and delivery of the Primary Project Objectives.


Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability.



Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field and a minimum of ten (10) years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Experience in a Federal Government environment preferred. Previous experience working with the Department of Health and Human Services especially with Food and


Drug Administration is required. Experience implementing or understanding of Section 508 requirements is preferred. Experience with HIPAA and the proper application.



Possesses or has the ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance



Possesses detailed knowledge of Federal IT regulations/guidelines and support technology and tools.

Knowledge of Enterprise Performance Life Cycle is required.

Understanding of FDA EPLC practices is preferred.

Commensurate experience in IT and in new and related older technology that directly relates to the required area of expertise.

Excellent communication skills

Attention to detail and precision, with a high value on quality

Excellent customer service skills

Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation)

Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

Detail-oriented with ability to manage multiple projects and priorities

Solid organizational skills relevant to carrying out day-to-day responsibilities

Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. 



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.