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Job Title: Epidemiologist II-Public Health Informatics
Job Number:
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 7/5/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Informatics
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $48,276 - $63,615
Position Description: The Epidemiologist II (Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist) provides informatics expertise to the Texas National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) efforts including electronic lab reporting (ELR), electronic case reporting (eCR), and integration efforts with local health departments not fully utilizing NEDSS. This position will have primary responsibility to identify and resolve exceptions with electronic data exchange between NEDSS, data submitters, and data recipients. Additional responsibilities include updating the public health reportable condition mapping tables for NEDSS and evaluating and ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal public health legal and regulatory environments. Assists with supporting and maintaining the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Provides consultative services and technical assistance to central office, health care providers, and regional/local health department staff that use NEDSS. Provides and assists the NEDSS team with interaction and support with facilities that are/or will be active with Meaningful Use. Provides and assists the NEDSS team with interaction and support with facilities that are/or will be active with Meaningful Use. May train health department staff in the use of NEDSS. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. (30%) National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS): Works in an application support role to include system modification and upgrade planning, data extractions, and tasks that successfully implement, document and validate modifications and upgrades in the NEDSS application by providing informatics services and technical assistance to local and regional health departments in maintaining disease surveillance through NEDSS. Assists the NEDSS team to identify and resolve daily patient duplications utilizing the NEDSS merging process. Serves as a backup for the NEDSS helpdesk to resolve user issues or route to the appropriate staff. Assists in the implementation, testing and upgrade of the NEDSS application. Assist in the implementation, build and testing of message mapping guides (MMGs). Analyzes operational procedures, prepares written reports of findings, and presents recommendations to team lead. Evaluates and responds to requests for surveillance information. Works with disease surveillance professionals to coordinate diverse data reporting mechanisms and to ensure approved disease-coding data is used by the disease surveillance systems. Develops written procedures for the effective and efficient use of the NBS by program areas. Develops written procedures for the effective and efficient use of the NBS by program areas. (30%) Meaningful Use (MU): Communicates with multiple representatives from data submitter organizations (including laboratory and/or medical directors, compliance officers, and meaningful use coordinators) to provide a description and explanation of electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) including technical messaging and vocabulary requirements. Investigates and resolves exceptions in the receipt, processing, or transmission of data of public health significance between DSHS Informatics and its partners. Meets with local health department (LHD) program staff, private and public laboratories, healthcare providers, EHR system vendors, and submitter systems, to inform, educate and ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the business processes and informatics needs. Performs analysis of LOINC, SNOMED, ICD and other control vocabularies in order to standardize requirements for HL7 for ELR transmission into DSHS informatics pathway. Consults and recommends strategies with team on onboarding and facility onboarding procedures and issues. Using software such as 7-edits, HL7 soup to perform HL7 analysis for ELR. Maintains and organizes email, Excel and Access information that involve the facilities and their current status. (25%) Electronic laboratory reporting (ELR): Monitors electronic laboratory reporting of notifiable conditions to ensure data integrity in various environments and domains. Conducts periodic reviews of original electronic lab messages to ensure files are correctly imported into NEDSS. Reviews exceptions and consults with the HL7 architect on ways to resolve errors. Reviews exceptions and consults with Branch staff and NEDSS office to resolve exceptions. Evaluates and investigates data discrepancy findings and documents identified issues. Researches disease terminology to ensure ELRs are assigned to appropriate disease categories. Prepares justifications for procedural changes and updates procedural manuals as needed and/or requested. Assists in the development and production of standard reports to summarize disease reports received through electronic laboratory reporting. Responds to requests from local and regional health departments on content and interpretations of messages. Using Access, Excel or other software, assists in analyses by preparing databases, providing technical assistance in data analysis, and preparing summary and ad hoc reports. Researches disease terminology to ensure ELRs are assigned to appropriate disease categories. Prepares justifications for procedural changes and updates procedural manuals as needed and/or requested. Assists in the development and production of standard reports to summarize disease reports received through electronic laboratory reporting. Responds to requests from local and regional health departments on content and interpretations of messages. (10%) Surveillance reports: Assists Branch staff in preparing data for the CDC year- end surveillance report and for grant progress and year-end reports. Creates complex queries to prepare ad hoc reports to assist Branch staff in identifying and investigating potential disease outbreaks, and routine disease surveillance and studies. Assists in preparing special administrative reports. Attends meetings, trainings and conferences as designated. (5%) Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligation for disaster response and/or recovery.

Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master degree from an accredited college or university in Health Informatics, Public health or health information management.

OR At least 60 hours of college course work with either a Health Informatics & Health Information Technology or public health or two years Health Informatics related work experience. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.

Organization Description: State Health Department

Closing Date: 10/5/2018
Desired Starting Date: 8/1/2018
Contact Name: Monica Gamez,  Epidemiologist II-Public Health Informatics
Contact Location: 1100 W 49th Street

Austin   TX  78756
United States
Contact Location: 1100 W 49th Street
 
  Austin   TX  78756
  United States
Contact Phone: 512.776.7248 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email: monica.gamez@dshs.state.tx.us
Web Address: https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/default.cfm
How to Apply: Applicants should (1) Register at Health & Human Services (HHS) Job Opportunities; (2) Respond to the on-line application referencing the appropriate Job Posting Number#: 383951 at: https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/caree rportal/Job_Profile.cfm? szOrderID=383951&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToH ighlight=epidemiologist ii

(3) Fax required documentations (if applicable);

(4) Applicants must complete a State of Texas application to apply to a position. Once you have applied, you may also submit a resume to your profile; however, submitting a resume does not submit you to a job.

Additional Information: Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on- line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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