Communicable Disease Interoperability Informaticist

  • Oregon Health Authority
  • 800 ne oregon street portland, or
  • Dec 10, 2020
Full time Public Health

Job Description


Close date: 12/22/2020

Salary: $5618 to $8626 monthly

Location: Portland, OR


This is a full-time, limited duration, classified position and is represented by a union.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Acute and Communicable Disease (ACDP) in Portland, OR is recruiting for a Communicable Disease Interoperability Informaticist to provide public health interoperability expertise to the Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority, other state agencies, clinical laboratories, and the healthcare community. ACDP works with local health departments, other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent and control communicable diseases and outbreaks of acute diseases in Oregon.

What will you do?
As the Communicable Disease Interoperability Informaticist, you will study data needs within and across programs and identify areas for integration and means of improving efficiency to ensure interoperability of multiple health data systems via Health Level 7 (HL7) and Public Health Information Network (PHIN) messaging standards. You will develop and maintain infrastructure to support interoperability between multiple public health information systems and data partners; assist users at all levels; develop policies and procedures around data systems; and develop and manage electronic data interchange and electronic laboratory and case reporting projects.

This position will work closely with the Interoperability Director; the ACDP Informatics Manager; the Preparedness, Surveillance and Epidemiology Manager; Laboratory and Health System information specialists; the ACDP Surveillance Systems Manager; and the Merging Epidemiology, Technology, and Informatics Systems (METIS) Team. You will serve as an interoperability representative, consulting with partners on public health information exchange. You will liaise with other managers and staff within the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), OHA, the Department of Human Services (DHS) agencies, private and public providers, local health departments, HMOs and health plans, laboratories, community partners and federal agencies regarding interoperability and Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) information systems. In addition, you will provide leadership for technical staff and coordinate interoperability activities within ACDP to support the strategic direction and programmatic activities of each program in partnership with the ACDP Data Exchange Informaticist.

What's in it for you?

The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.

We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans. If you are a skilled informaticist with experience working with public health data, apply today.

What are we looking for?

Requested Skills

  • Minimum requirements: A bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field plus five years of professional level evaluative, analytical and planning experience in public health data exchange OR eight years of professional level evaluative, analytical and planning experience in public health data exchange.
  • Master’s degree in public health or related field with experience in public health data, public health informatics, data systems design, project management disciplines, and database management preferred.
  • Experience managing large multi-stakeholder data projects.
  • Experience utilizing data security methodologies such as encryption, file access restriction, and password protection.
  • Experience with public health data formatting and coding standards, including Health Level Seven (HL7), Systematized Nomenclature for Human and Veterinary Medicine (SNOMED), Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and other standardized and proprietary codes.
  • Experience with data system and public health project management including cost estimating and time and resource allocation.
  • Advanced technical skills which require proficiency with G, SPSS, EpiInfo,  and/or FileMaker; Windows Desktop and Server; Sybase mapping and messaging applications; Orion Rhapsody Integration Engine; file transfer protocol (FTP and sFTP); Virtual Private Network (VPN); Windows; UNIX; Sybase Adaptive Server 11.5; PostgreSQL; Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Visio.
  • Experience communicating verbally and in writing in a professional and diplomatic manner.
  • Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment

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Contact Information

Cyndi Phipps-Roman




$5618 to $8626 monthly