Director of Clinical Informatics - FT - Days

Directors and Executives (Nursing and Non-Nursing) Edinburg, Texas


Position at DHR Health


Job Description:

Director of Clinical Informatics





Clinical Informatics

Reviewed by Senior Human Resources Business Partner:

(Date Reviewed)

Reports To:

Chief Information Officer


Approved by Director of Human Resources:

(Date Approved)



EMPLOYEE’S FULL NAME: ________________________


FLSA STATUS: Exempt Non-Exempt



Our Mission is to improve the well-being of those we serve with a commitment to excellence: every patient, every encounter, every time.



Our Vision is to create a world-class health system to advance medicine and increase access for the communities we serve by empowering caregivers to heal through compassion, knowledge, innovation, integrated care and excellence.



Directs and manages the development and implementation of clinical programs in health care informatics for physicians, staff and medical students, as well as the general clinical information needs of the Clinical System programs and services.  Develops and directs programs to provide clinical information so as to improve the work-flow of patient care.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a Clinical or Medical Technology or Applied Technology required
  • Master’s Degree in related field preferred
  • Strong background in Hospital or Ancillary Clinical Application Management
  • Project leadership championing/leading with design and application implementation
  • Project and Program Management Skills
  • Experience with multiple informatics and/or analytics projects
  • Excellent customer service skills. 
  • Computer skills required with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills required.



  • 10+ years of clinical staff experience required.
  • 5 years of supervisory or director level experience
  • 5+ years of Clinical Informatics experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of operations and healthcare management; TJC and other local, state and federal regulations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Healthcare IT workflows, Nursing & Ancillary Clinical workflows, Business Intelligence & Clinical Informatics reporting



  • Promotes the facility mission, vision and values by effectively communicating them to others.  Considers mission, vision and values in developing services, standards and practices.
  • In collaboration Senior Leadership, provides Directors and strategic direction for medical informatics programs for patient services and related projects.
  • Consults with and serves as an interface with the medical staff and appropriate committees for the purpose of insuring coordination in systems planning, development and implementation between the Clinical System, the Information Services (IS), and appropriate external organizations.
  • Conducts assessments of the medical informatics environments, synthesizes pertinent information, and identifies implications for planning and development of both clinical services and educational programs, providing periodic structured environmental assessment and recommendations relative to future direction for medical informatics for the Clinical System.
  • Maintain familiarity with new clinical systems technology thereby advising Enterprise Information System and clinical staff as to which systems may be appropriate and capable of supporting strategic initiatives within the DHR Health System
  • In collaboration with Administration and the Medical Staff, responsible for identifying the needs of the Clinical System for education, training, programs and services in the area of computer skills and competencies in the use of electronic tools for patient care, quality management, utilization management, clinical resource management, and performance improvement initiatives.
  • Be a visible champion and facilitator in the healthcare arena for the establishment of a longitudinal Electronic Health Record
  • Conducts ongoing technology assessment of medical information systems and products, related to identifying and meeting patient needs, Clinical System's programs, and potential external collaborations.
  • Provide clinical informatics and analytics expertise to the design and development of programs and projects to ensure delivery of safe, effective, evidence-based care.  This includes translation of existing complex workflows from a variety of patient care settings into a model that can be supported by clinical decision support, self-service analytics, and where applicable, predictive analytics
  • Responsible for overall planning, development, and implementation of health care informatics programs, products and services, particularly to address the clinical needs of patients and to support the practice of clinical staff.
  • Responsible for assessing training and development needs of clinical staff in relation to electronic development of programs, products and services. Collaboratively develops curriculum for students and staff, designing and implementing programs to address needs.
  • Provides expert support to other departments in the development of clinical information systems, products and services responsive to current and future needs:
  • Advises on all issues related to access and interface.
  • Tracks and advises on industry standards for the clinical needs.
  • In collaboration with appropriate staff, advises on prototype development, coordinates/conducts prototype, alpha and beta testing.
  • Assists in communicating results of prototype development to vendors and appropriate staff.
  • Serves as liaison with the staff and departments for the purpose of integrative program development with other programs and services of the medical college.
  • Assists in developing product specifications including the application and functionality of software programs, software vendor requests for proposals, recruitment of vendors and evaluation of vendor's work.
  • Assists in monitoring vendor's adherence to specifications, quality and effectiveness of vendor support.
  • Responsible for budget and staffing for clinical IS applications.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




  1. Chief Information Officer



Provide excellent customer service to all DHR customers. All employees are required to attend the DHR C.A.R.E.S program which outlines the Customer Service Principals including: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence through Knowledge and Safety & Social Conscience.



Employees must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned unit.  The individual must demonstrate knowledge of principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirement relative to his or her age.  




A.Essential Duties:Indicated by bold print within performance standards, preceding individual numbered criteria.


The following table provides physical requirements that will be associated with, but not limited to, this position:               

Light/moderate lifting up to 20 lbs, from the floor to shoulder height. 




Must be able to assist other employees with lifting more than 20 lbs.




Light/moderate carrying up to 20 lbs.




Straight pulling




Pulling hand over hand




Repeated bending




Reaching above shoulder


Climbing Stairs


Simple grasping


Climbing Ladders


Dual simultaneous grasping


Depth Perceptions needed


Ability to see


Identify Colors


Operating office equipment




Operating mechanical equipment




Ability to read and write


Ability to Count


Ability to hear verbal communication without aid


Operating Personal Vehicle


Ability to comprehend written/verbal communication


Other:  Ability to deal with stress


OSHA Category





B.Working Conditions:  The individual spends over 95% of his/her time in an air-conditioned environment with varying exposures to noise. There is protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.  The position does have low exposure to malodorous, infectious body fluids from patients and some minimal exposure to noxious smells from cleansing agents. 


C.Occupational Exposure:  This position has minimal to no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues and is an OSHA Category III (although situations can be imagined or hypothesized under which anyone, anywhere, might encounter potential exposure to body fluids).  Person who performs these duties are not called upon as part of their employment to perform or assist in emergency medical care or first aid or to be potentially exposed in some other way.    



Intelligence:  General learning ability:  The ability to “catch on” or understand instructions and underlying principles.  Ability to reason and make judgments. 3


Verbal:Ability to understand meanings of words and ideas associated with them, and to use them effectively.  To comprehend language, to understand relationships between words, and to understand meanings of whole sentences and paragraphs. To present information or ideas clearly.              3


Numerical:Ability to perform arithmetic operations quickly and accurately.   2


Spatial:Ability to comprehend forms in space and understands relationships of plane and solid objects.  Frequently described as the ability to “visualize” objects or two or three dimensions, or to think visually of geometric forms.  2


Form Perception:Ability to perceive pertinent details and objects or in pictorial or graphic material to make visual comparisons and discriminations and see slight differences in shapes and shadings of figures and widths and lengths of lines.   3


Clerical Perception:Ability to receive pertinent details and verbal or tabular material. To observe differences in copy, to proofread words and numbers, and to avoid perceptual errors in arithmetic computation. 2


Motor Coordination:  Ability to coordinate eyes and hands to fingers rapidly and accurately in making precise movements with speed. Ability to make a movement response accurately and quickly.               3


Finger Dexterity:Ability to move hands easily and skillfully.  To work with fingers in placing and turning motions.              3


Manual Dexterity:Ability to move hands easily and skillfully.  To work with hands in placing and turning motions.              3


Eye-Hand-Foot Coordination:Ability to move the hand and foot coordinately with each other in accordance with visual stimuli.              3


Color Discrimination:Ability to perceive and respond to similarities or differences in colors, shapes, or other values of the same or different color.  To identify a particular color, or to recognize harmonious or contrasting color combinations, or to match color adequately.              3



I have read and reviewed my job description with my supervisor or designee and I understand the job I am expected to perform.


If applicable ____________ certification will be completed within _________ time frame of hire/transfer date.



Employee Signature:________________________________Date:____________________



Transfer/Hire Date Effective: ________________________.




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. DHR leadership reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.