Job Description


Harris Health System is the public healthcare safety-net provider established in 1966 to serve the residents of Harris County, Texas. As an essential healthcare system, Harris Health champions better health for the entire community, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, through acute and primary care, wellness, disease management and population health services. Ben Taub Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (Level 3 Trauma Center) anchor Harris Health’s robust network of 39 clinics, health centers, specialty locations and virtual (telemedicine) technology. Harris Health is among an elite list of health systems in the U.S. achieving Magnet® nursing excellence designation for its hospitals, the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered clinics and health centers and its strong partnership with nationally recognized physician faculty, residents and researchers from Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the University of Houston.

Skills / Requirements


The Virtual Patient Observation Technician (VPOT) provides constant, real-time video monitoring of assigned patients to enhance safety. The VPOT verbally redirects the patient from engaging in at-risk behaviors and directly communicates with nursing staff if the patient needs further intervention or requires assistance.

The VPOT practices safety measures and documents observations according to standards. The technician participates in performance improvement and quality initiatives, demonstrates personal and professional effectiveness and promotes a customer-friendly environment by utilizing ServiceFirst behaviors and Language of Caring techniques while interacting with patients, families, and staff members.


1.  Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:

a.  Education: High School diploma or the equivalent plus technical skills/training appropriate to the specialty area.

b.  Licensure/Certification: Texas Nursing Assistant Certification; or

Medical Assistant certification from one of the following:
¿ American Medical Technologists (AMT)                                        
¿ American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)                    
¿ National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)                          
¿ National Healthcareer Association (NHA)                                      
¿ National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP) 


2.  Work Experience: Two (2) years related clinical experience required
Related specialty experience preferred (i.e., direct patient care, virtual observation, telemetry technician, hospital environment, experience in nursing program clinical rotations).

3.  Management Experience: N/A

4.  Equipment Operated:  Basic computer, wireless telephone, intercom/headset communication


1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)  
Bilingual Skills Preferred Yes   Language(s):  English/Spanish
Writing /Composing: Correspondence / Reports

2.  Other Skills:  Medical Terms, PC

3.  Advanced Education:  N/A

4.  Work Schedule:   Weekends, Holidays, Flexible

5.  Other Requirements:
a.  Comfortable using computer technology and sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer screen
b.  Able to analyze and synthesize patient safety information to determine the course of action.
c.  Able to make quick decisions under pressure, and manages stress appropriately
d.  Well-organized, efficient multi-tasker able to prioritize simultaneous and continuous monitoring of multiple patients on one screen while on duty
e.  Attention to detail, able to focus on a particular patient, object or task for an extended period of time
f.  Good telephone etiquette

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Designated Supervisor, Director/Program Manager  

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