Public Health Informatics Systems Analyst VI

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin , TX 78719

Posted 2 months ago

Systems Analyst VI

This position works in the Texas NBS Public Health Informatics & Data Exchange (PHID) Team and performs highly advanced (senior-level) systems analysis of the NBS-National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Designs and maintains the NEDSS servers and applications, to include oversight of Rhapsody route development and deployment; and manage Power Shell scripts that control the movement of Electronic Lab Results (ELRs) files across the ecosystem. Prepare and update system and architecture documentation.

Prepare, document and implement project plans for system upgrades as needed. Facilitate strategic planning sessions and implement policy decisions in regards to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas statute. Work with the Information Security Office to maintain and enforce security for the NEDSS servers.

Work with IT Data Center Services to review, update and document the disaster recovery plan for the NEDSS ecosystem. Oversees the coordination of data issues between multiple groups within multiple divisions of DSHS and external entities. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job Functions:

(40%) Serve as technical Analyst to provide support and maintenance for the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) and its ecosystem. Provides analysis and guidance to NEDSS users and relevant personnel in other department programs, local health departments, and health care facilities.

Routinely monitor and evaluate division surveillance systems to ensure complete, accurate and timely reporting of public health data. Assists in conducting annual communicable disease data close-out and reconciliation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Uses highly specialized knowledge in analysis, requirement specification, programming, and system configuration in order to define and implement the details of the design solution. Works with interfaces that utilize and incorporate standardized health information exchange and vocabulary protocols.

Leads specification definitions for complex reporting and data extract needs and will be able to clearly document needs that both business stakeholders and technical staff can understand and utilize to deliver timely solutions. Defines the extraction of health care data from conceptualization through defining data mining approaches and presentation of data. Provides consultation on development of interoperability of other data collection systems with NEDSS with particular emphasis on use of HL7 and Rhapsody.

Interacts with program epidemiologists to ensure that NEDSS and Informatics program needs are met. Analyzes data exceptions and produce management reports.

(35%) Assists and plans, assigns, and monitors Public Health Informatics-related tasks. Assists in hiring, training and evaluating staff performance.

Prepare and present complex communications and\or reports on projects, assignments, and\or activities to all levels of staff up to and including executive management. Trains and educates program staff about HL7 and Meaningful Use (MU) concepts and standards, and assists them in analysis and problem resolutions pertaining to each and evaluates the effectiveness of trainings. Develops user guides and provides user training for proper and effective utilization of HL7 and Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR). Trains other NEDSS staff.

Keeps informed on latest developments in HL7, ELR, and MU standards. Ensures that appropriate HL7 and ELR management software is available and effectively used.

(20%) Communicates with CDC on Public Health Informatics issues and serves as primary contact for the department. Provides consultation on interoperability emphasis on HL7 and Rhapsody.

Communicate with the NEDSS Users on a frequent basis to keep them informed on the status NEDSS issues or requests; bridge the understanding between third party vendors and the business user. Coordinates/communicates with IT support groups for problem resolution.

(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 of Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternative shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge and understanding of HL7 for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information

Knowledge of information technologies and communication tools necessary to support epidemiologic investigations and surveillance

Knowledge of state, and federal laws related to disease reporting in Texas

Knowledge of software tools that support online public health data acquisition, entry, abstraction management, analysis, and reporting

Knowledge of Meaningful Use policies, procedures and requirements

Knowledge in specialized areas of systems analysis in a high-availablity enironment

Skill with problem identification and integration of technical skills to address and solve issues

Skill in development of confidentiality and privacy policies for the enterprise, and the development of security systems to support the implementation of those policies

Skill in ensuring the utilization of interoperable data standards for storage and transmission, and be able to find the relevant standards specifications as needed

Skill in composing and managing systems development teams in a manner that demonstrates recognition of the appropriate roles and domains for computer scientists, epidemiologists, and programmers and other information technology specialists in information systems development

Skill in accuracy and attention to detail

Ability to communicate effectively

Ability to read third party software technical documentation and applying that documentation to effectively configure and design add-on solutions to third party software

Ability to create processes to maintain electronic documents, including documented versions, dissemination methods, and relevant standards specifications

Ability to participate in development of data models to ensure representation of epidemiologic needs in associated databases and information systems

Ability to think logically and suggest multiple alternatives to problems and clearly document pros and cons to alternative solutions


Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited four-year university/college in business analysis, data management, information technology, computer science, database management and administration, or other related field.

  • Knowledge of database management systems such as Sybase, Oracle and/or SQL Server

  • Knowledge or experience with electronic data exchange nomenclature (e.g., HL7, LOINC, SNOMED-CT).

  • Professional experience with Rhapsody, HL7, XML, VBA, or SQL preferred.

  • Minimum of two years' experience as a Systems Analyst or similar job function.

  • Knowledge of information systems project methodologies.

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Additional Information:

Requisition #460860

Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete an in-basket exercise. Hours for this position will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full salary range may not be offered due to budget limitations.

This is a grant funded position for two years. MOS Code:

n/a

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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