The clinical information specialist position works in a medical facility with a significant number of medical records to manage. They build user interfaces and teach the clinical staff to use them properly. Like other managers, they must create ongoing process improvement plans and document accomplishments for regular reports to supervisors and management. In smaller practices, the clinical information specialist is more of a generalist, interacting with individuals providing and needing access to the records, as well as directing others who perform data entry and evaluation. These facilities may be entering paper records into computer systems; the clinical informatics specialists helps plan and manage this transition. This job is typically full time during regular business hours.
For this position, registered nursing credentials are required in addition to several years of clinical experience in an environment certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Additionally, the applicant needs specific skills in information technology. The clinical information specialist must understand the structure and function of complex database technology. While the employer generally provides training on their specific system, applicants must have a broader understanding of the commonalities and vocabulary of large information systems and customer relation databases.
Clinical Informatics Specialist Tasks
Evaluate existing systems and make recommendations to improve functionality.
Directly work with staff to train and alter usage for better security, data, and patient care.
Consult, coordinate, and plan information system integration and usage across business units.
Troubleshoot and resolve software and hardware problems to ensure patient care.