Informatics Specialist - UIHC - Remote Eligible w/in Iowa

22004348 Requisition #

This position is eligible to participate in remote work. Remote work must be performed at a location within the state of Iowa. Successful candidates who participate in remote work must comply with requirements of the remote work program and related policies.

Position Summary:

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics department of Health Care Information Systems is seeking an Informatics Specialist to promote improvements in health care through the evaluation and delivery of tools to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of electronic health information. Health care informatics tools include electronic health record systems as well as clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and related information and communication systems. Position requires the academic knowledge and experience in a specific discipline and professional licensure and/or certification/accreditation in a clinically related field (e.g., Nursing, Medicine, Respiratory/Rehabilitation Therapy, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pathology, Audiology, etc.).

The Informatics Specialist is an expert clinician that has a strong foundation in utilization of an electronic health record in practice and a responsibility for ensuring an environment of safe quality care. The Informatics Specialist demonstrates an advanced level of policy and clinical knowledge, sound clinical judgment and competency, technical competency with clinical information system applications and workflows, professionalism as it relates to interpersonal and general communication skills, experience in supporting the policies and workflows surrounding timely and compliant documentation, and takes responsibility for ongoing professional development, current practice trends and competency validation. This position will support the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics based departments and staff.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Works within clinics and inpatient units to identify and prioritize areas of greatest need through collaboration with nurses, unit staff and clinical leaders and HCIS reporting tools.
  • Guides clinical staff (LIP, nursing personnel, and clerical staff) with translation of clinical practice into electronic health information systems to improvement efficiencies.  Tasks may include many aspects of the EHR such as; creation of new orders, set-up of order sets, Smart Tools, note templates, clinical decision support, questionnaires, etc., requiring knowledge of both Epic applications and clinical workflows.
  • Knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
  • Translates clinical requirements into system design and workflow customization, data collection, and database builds.
  • Guides content build and assists technical staff in the creation and customization of applications. 
  • Develops sample input data, and tests system changes for usability, performance, and adherence to standards.  Verifies results with clinicians and IT project managers.
  • Obtains and maintains Epic certification(s)
  • Serves as a clinical liaison supporting communication among technical staff, clinicians, and vendors to identify and track installation issues, troubleshoot, resolve problems, and address concerns.
  • Maintains documentation on assigned project requirements and design decision.
  • Provides one-on-one and small group demonstrations and go-live support.
  • Mentor staff and student employees in areas of expertise
  • Communicates effectively with technical and non-technical staff at verbal, written and presentation level.
  • Knowledge of the organization's industry group, trends, directions, major issues, regulatory considerations, and trendsetters; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
  • Research and recommend incorporation of new functionality into clinical practice.
  • Collects and analyzes user feedback and identifies revisions and enhancements.
  • Mentor staff and student employees in areas of expertise
  • Identifies professional development opportunities and encourages continuous learning.
  • Ability to manage the successful and smooth transition from current to desired culture, practices, structure, and overall organizational environment.

Health Care Information Systems (HCIS): Provides and supports information and communication systems and technology that facilitate quality patient care, progressive medical education, and innovative research.

HCIS services University of Iowa Health Care by providing comprehensive, high level support for patient care delivery, internal and external communication, technology innovation, medical education, and research. Creating and maintaining a positive, productive, and rewarding environment for information technology and communication staff


Pay Grade:

Salary: Paygrade 5A

University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, including 24 days paid vacation per year to start and paid sick leave.  Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at

Percent of Time:  100%

Location: 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA

Staff Type: Professional & Scientific

Type of Position: Regular

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree in a health related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Typically, 3-5 years of experience (within the last 5 years) in a clinical role in a complex health care environment such as a large medical center or teaching hospital.
  • Typically, 1-3 years of experience (within the last 5 years) contributing to a clinical information system implementation cycle in areas such as design, workflow analysis, build, training, implementation, and support in an ambulatory or hospital setting.
  • Ability to lead change in a complex academic healthcare environment and promote the understanding and effective use of information technology across departments.
  • Experience authoring training materials and leading training sessions in a variety of formats.
  • Excellent communication skills at the verbal, written and presentation level.  Proven ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Suite of products (such as Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote).
  • Experience working independently with a strong focus on customer service.
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Iowa, or equivalent for clinical profession.
  • Demonstrated job-related experience and/or commitment to diversity in the work/academic environment

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Clinical practice experience at an academic medical center
  • Master’s level preparation or working towards Master’s with clinical specialist or management coursework.
  • Experience using Epic in an ambulatory or hospital setting.
  • Experience translating customer requirements into system design specifications.
  • Ability to assess learning needs and match to the most effective education methods.
  • Professional level certification    
  • Previous experience providing 24x7 on-call support.

In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly addresses how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.  A cover letter is desired as part of the application process.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

For additional questions contact Beth Schmidt

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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