The incumbent acts as the key communicator of clinical informatics and will champion adoption of technology, such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE), clinical documentation, medication management, and ambulatory electronic medical records; will monitor compliance, recommend solutions to problems and processes, and will facilitate workflow redesign in support of best practices. The Chief Health Informatics Officer is aligned under the Chief of Staff's office at the VA St. Louis Health Care System in St. Louis, MO. The Chief Health Informatics Officer is responsible for the effective informatics management and operation of all clinical programs and services as directed by the Chief of Staff. The incumbent ensures that knowledge of informatics is infused throughout the facility, and that clinical information issues affecting the delivery of care are clearly articulated and raised appropriately for action by the various managers and committees. The incumbent must possess both the requisite information technology (IT) expertise and a strong clinical and administrative background. The Chief Health Informatics Officer has primary responsibility for fostering and sustaining staff acceptance of Systems Modernization including but not limited to the Cerner Implementation Project and effective adoption and use of associated clinical applications which support health care delivery for patients and by care giver teams. A core competency of IT/Informatics consultancy at the point of care delivery will maintain and optimize the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) ability to deliver superb health care. This position establishes a formal informatics leadership presence at the facility level. This formal presence ensures that knowledge of informatics is infused throughout the VA St. Louis Health Care System, 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 Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) 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. At a minimum, the incumbent will perform the following eight core informatics functions: application support, business architecture management, enterprise data management, content management, system optimization, change management, requirements management, and partnership management.
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.