Job Description

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966.  Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities.  Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements

Job Summary:
The Director Nursing Informatics (DNI) provides leadership and direction for clinical informatics projects and initiatives, focusing on nursing in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team and stakeholders.  The DNI is a facilitator for developing and supporting nursing informatics plans, data analysis, the creation and support of best practices, policies and workflows.  The DNI facilitates complex nursing/organizational projects and systems that support efficiency and effectiveness for end users with the primary goal of advancing best practices while supporting quality patient outcomes. The DNI serves as a principal nursing informatics advisor to clinicians and as the nursing liaison for the implementation, maintenance and support of the electronic medical record/electronic health record.   The DNI serves as the change agent for the redesign of clinical workflows and processes essential for the adoption of new technology; and bridges new care delivery models into clinical practice with the right technology solutions for organizational transformation. The DNI adheres to the ANA Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards of Practice. The DNI is also responsible for the leading and developing a team of nursing informaticists.


PHD in Nursing/Informatics or DNP preferred.
MSN/Masters in Informatics or Postmasters certificate in Nursing Informatics (if master's degree is not in Nursing) required
Bachelors in Nursing

Licenses & Certification: Registered Nurse,  Nursing Certification in Informatics; Nursing Administrative certification.  Must obtain certification within two years if not present on hire. Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program. Epic Certification (preferred)

Work Experience: Seven (7) years of Clinical experience with five (5) years Informatics experience preferred. At least 3 years of Epic experience (preferred)

Management Experience: Five (5) years in Management/Leadership

Communication Skills: Above average Verbal Communication (Heavy Public Contact), Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking), Writing /Correspondence, Writing / Reports

Proficiencies: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Outlook, P.C.

Job Attributes

Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities : Analytical, Design, Medical Terms

Work Schedule: Hybrid

Other Requirements: Clinical systems and operations expertise. Subject matter expert for clinical/business workflows and opportunities afforded by information and technology.   Facilitation of design/workflow discussions among diverse stakeholders/clinical backgrounds and perspectives around a shared vision for achieving results.  Interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure standardization of clinical documentation in the electronic health record.  Identification of gaps and opportunities of system mapping between current and future state.  Participation in content development, user testing and training to ensure optimal design and implementation success.  Builds effective relationships, partnerships, and teams as the primary way of achieving goals and advancing care.

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