The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health that works in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support efficient, well-ordered health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens.
I-TECH has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Senior Technical Advisor.
I-TECH supports large-scale implementation of electronic medical record systems, laboratory information systems, human resources information systems, mobile (mHealth) tools, and other components of health information systems (HIS) toward the goal of better data and evidence in healthcare. Core areas of technical assistance includes: national HIS architectures and strategic plans; health-sector business analysis; requirements and design specifications; oversight of software development; large-scale implementation of digital health solutions; standards-based interoperability and national unique patient identifiers; training strategies and curriculum development for HIS; and monitoring and evaluating HIS investments. I-TECH promotes country ownership and the use of open-source tools to sustain effective health information systems.
The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) provides leadership for the overall planning, design, development, and implementation of digital health information systems (HIS) tools and resources within multiple country programs which solve health system challenges. The STA works directly with the Principal Investigators, other members of the HQ Informatics Team, and I-TECH's country program teams to apply appropriate information technologies and best practices in implementation within I-TECH's programs and projects. The STA must have the ability to bridge highly technical aspects of health informatics with the constraints of resource-limited settings in order to fully integrate digital health solutions into public health and clinical practice.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
HIS Strategic Planning and Partnerships
Lead the analysis of complex health information needs, gaps, and opportunities in existing national HIS ecosystems, in order to advise long-term strategic planning for HIS strengthening;
Provide technical assistance on national HIS architectures and national technical standards for HIS;
Lead analysis and presentation of investment cases and to business planning for sustainability of digital HIS solutions;
Cultivate collaborative relationships and engagement with donors, Ministries of Health, open-source communities, and other communities of practice.
Requirements Gathering & System Design
Analyze health-sector business processes and information needs, develop requirements and design documentation for HIS technical solutions;
Assess the functions, opportunities, limitations and challenges of information technology products and platforms, with an emphasis on open-source software products and tools, for use in healthcare and public health settings in resource-limited environments;
Advise senior staff, donors, partners and other stakeholders on technology choices which meet broad goals of improved data systems and improved data integration across systems, based on international and national standards
Guide stakeholders on considerations for effective large-scale implementation of digital health tools, including hardware procurement, data storage systems, standard operating procedures for data security and protecting confidentiality of private health information; and human capacity development and training;
Oversee production of software functional requirements documents, design documents, and scopes of work to inform software and system development.
Capacity Building of HIS Teams
Guide development of in-country capacity amongst I-TECH local staff, Ministry of Health collaborators, and other in-country partners with respect to HIS strategic planning, governance of HIS, business analysis and system design, software development, data and systems standards, resources for achieving interoperability, and HIS implementation and maintenance;
Be a resource to staff including HIS business analysts, HIS implementation specialists, software developers, and system administrators;
Oversee selection of external vendors and alignment with internal teams to execute project deliverables;
Ensure integration of expertise from diverse disciplines contributing to health informatics projects including medicine, epidemiology, computer science, IT services, adult education/training, logistics and procurement; and others.
Evaluation and Learning
Assist in identifying performance metrics for HIS systems and projects, designing monitoring and evaluation strategies, interpreting evaluation results, and identifying recommendations for project improvement based upon the results;
Promote and contribute to dissemination and publication of I-TECH's health informatics work, including representing I-TECH at public forums, conferences, meetings, and other events.
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