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Health Informatics Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 7th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Feb 7, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 7, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Job Opportunity: Health Informatics Specialist

The Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program (PCRHP) within the UCSF Department of Family & Community Medicine seeks a health informatics scholar to collaborate on two related studies to evaluate the validity and reliability of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for contraceptive care and explore the tandem use of eCQMs and a Patient Reported Outcome Performance Measure (PRO-PM). This research is supported by federal funding from the Department of Health of Human Services, Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and private, anonymous foundation funding. PCRHP Director Dr. Christine Dehlendorf will serve as Principal Investigator, and PCRHP will receive substantial subcontract support from the statistical consulting group, Far Harbor, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The scholar will also have support to pursue their own program of research.

Background: The goal of these projects is to enhance the quality of contraceptive services, particularly in underserved populations, through widespread use of validated performance measures for contraceptive care in diverse care contexts, including community health clinics. The eCQM study builds on the ongoing development of eCQMs for contraceptive care previously sponsored by OPA and will culminate in an application for endorsement by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The specific aims of this project are to: 1) complete data collection, analysis, and interpretation of validity and reliability testing of the eCQMs necessary to submit a strong NQF application; 2) submit and defend an application for NQF endorsement of the eCQMs; and 3) prepare for measure dissemination in order promote broad use of the measures.

The Tandem Use study aims to design and build a complementary set of eCQMs and PRO-PMs through collaboration with large health centers and health care associations. The specific aims of the project are to 1) develop infrastructure and capacity within multiple EHRs to collect a novel set of eCQMs; 2) implement data collection strategies for the simultaneous collection of PRO-PM and eCQM data; and 3) develop strategies to implement Health-IT enabled QI responding to measurement and reporting of the complementary measures.

Responsibilities: We are seeking a postdoctoral Specialist with a strong background in quantitative research and health informatics to play a key role in analysis, interpretation, and preparation for endorsement of the eCQMs, and assist in the definition and implementation of a novel set of eCQMs for use alongside the PRO-PM. These activities will take place over the course of two years (with a possible extension to three years). The Specialist will:
• Make substantive contributions to study design and analysis planning.
• Work closely with the Far Harbor team, led by Principal Statistician Dr. Philip Hastings, to perform and interpret reliability and validity analyses on data from Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs).
• Provide technical assistance to HCCNs providing data.
• Establish and maintain a system for annually updating the eCQM specifications to reflect changes in codes used in the measures (such as ICD-10-CM).
• Collaborate with the Far Harbor team in preparing analysis reports for UCSF to incorporate into NQF application drafts.
• Work closely with Dr. Hastings and Dr. Christine Dehlendorf in communicating with NQF staff about the application and interpretational issues and will travel to Washington, DC as needed to defend the measure application.
• Assist in drafting an implementation package that includes guidance on EHR coding, potentially including webinars, manuals, and code templates.
• Assist the Medical Director at NACHC, Julia Skapik, in defining standardized data elements for a novel set of eCQMs for use across multiple EHRs.
• Contribute to collaboration between PCRHP, OPA, and fellow grantees to discuss findings and dissemination strategies.

Qualifications: We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, self-directed, and highly collegial. Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in informatics, statistics, or a related health science field or at least five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization. Specialists appointed at the Full rank must have PhD or PhD in process (or at least 10 years of relevant research experience) in informatics, statistics, or a related health science field, and a strong track record demonstrating mastery of quantitative research approaches. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively on a team are imperative.

Applicant must have all requirements met by time of hire and applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.

Preferred Skills:
• Proficiency in EHR ‘lingo’ when interfacing with HCCNs to request and collect data
• Familiarity with Quality Data Model (QDM) and Clinical Quality Language (CQL)
• Experience with code systems used primarily in eCQMs (e.g. RXNORM, SNOMED CT) and how they related to other code systems (e.g. NDC, ICD-10-CM)

To apply, please submit your application online at

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)