Partners HealthCare Systems - Wellesley, MA

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About Our Organization

Partners Healthcare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care. In addition to its two academic medical centers, Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation's leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization. We have opportunities in Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources and many other areas that work behind the scenes in support of the Partners mission.

Job Description

General Summary/Overview Statement

The Knowledge Engineer (KE) within the Knowledge Management - Meds (KM - Meds) group is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and support of the medication knowledge bases used across the Partners enterprise. These knowledge bases are the foundation for much of the medication-based clinical decision support found throughout various Partners order entry and other clinical applications.

The KE will also participate in a variety of projects, some designed to improve medication decision support at Partners, while others will focus on improving knowledge management infrastructure and practices so that knowledge assets can be better managed and maintained. Projects designed to improve medication decision support may include other clinical terminologies and/or rules services. The KE will be the lead KE on select projects.

S/he will report to and be supervised by the Medication Informatician - Team Lead II. S/he will work closely with front line clinicians (e.g., pharmacists, physicians and nurses), analysts, project managers, developers and informaticians.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

· Provide day-to-day support and maintenance of current medication knowledge bases. This includes:

Ø evaluating requests from application analysts and front-line users for clinical appropriateness and potential implications on current dictionary hierarchy, existing decision support functionality and other applications that use medication dictionary

Ø modeling the content

Ø vetting the content with clinical subject matter experts

Ø deploying the content into the production environments

· Work collaboratively with other teams on knowledge-engineering focused projects by providing medication use and knowledge management expertise

· Participate in the development of new medication decision support software functions by

Ø Defining content, process and tool requirements/specifications

Ø Working with programmer(s) to implement design specifications

Ø Testing that specifications have been met

Ø Working collaboratively with other teams (services delivery teams, consuming applications) to implement decision support

Ø Contributing to the documentation of KM tool functionality for end users

· Become an adept user of Partners KM tools and processes, including collaboration and content management authoring/publishing tools

· Train and actively support other KEs, subject matter experts, application analysts, developers and project managers involved with the creation, deployment and maintenance of medication knowledge assets

· Lead and contribute to the design and configuration of processes that comprise a complete lifecycle for medication knowledge assets, taking into account opportunities for distributed and collaborative knowledge engineering

· Lead and contribute to the definition of integration, migration, and/or conversion strategies for new and/or existing medication knowledge assets

· Become proficient about interoperability standards applicable to medications

· Assist with project management activities, including planning and management of small and medium sized projects

· Other duties as assigned.


· The ideal candidate will possess a PharmD/Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and have a min. of 5 years of hospital or retail pharmacy work experience. They will also have a high-level understanding of clinical informatics and decision support and their use in healthcare delivery.

· Prior experience in/with the following preferred:

Ø Clinical information system design/implementation/maintenance

Ø KM and computerized clinical decision support and their application to improve healthcare safety, quality and efficient

Ø KM methods, processes and tools

Ø Knowledge of biomedical informatics standards, including data interoperability standards and biomedical terminologies e.g., RxNorm, NDF-RT, First Data Bank

Ø Data and process modeling methodologies

Ø XML and other pertinent W3C standards

Ø database systems and SQL

Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required

· Good communication skills, both oral and written. Must be able to communicate with people of various work experiences/background (e.g. clinical, technical, informatics, project management/analyst etc)

· Good analytical skills

· Good attention to detail

· Critical thinker - able to critically assess an issue or proposed change

· Well-organized and systematic in work process; able to juggle multiple projects/tasks; able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

· Able to work collaboratively on intra and inter-departmental teams

· Able to work independently, requiring minimal direction and supervision

Working Conditions

28 hours/week.

Cubicle in large open office space.

No hazardous material exposure. No exposure to dangerous or adverse working conditions.

No patient contact.

Supervisory Responsibility

The KE will not have direct supervisory responsibilities.

Fiscal Responsibility

The KE will not have budgetary responsibility.

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