Specialist, Health Informatics & Information Management

Northern Health

Position Summary
Are you interested in an opportunity to grow professionally within a positive and progressive culture? Northern Health is seeking a champion with significant management and leadership experience to join us in our Health Informatics & Information Management Department.

The Specialist, Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) leads and promotes the integration of information technologies and change initiatives that automate and/or enhance evidence-based practices, appropriate access to patient/client information and documentation via healthcare systems in collaboration with clinical leaders, HIM leaders, service and program managers and directors, physicians and staff.

As an integral member of a regional multi-disciplinary IMIT team, the Specialist, HIIM works to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and meaningful use of health information systems throughout NH programs and services. The role provides HIIM subject matter expertise at all stages of the information system life cycle and health information management lifecycle, translates health information requirements, leads teams and contributes to project planning, budgets and implementation schedules. The role also participates in recruitment and provides coaching, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
The Specialist, HIIM serves as a liaison between business areas and IMIT, and accurately and promptly analyzes, prioritizes, and translates user needs and requests to health information systems. This includes facilitating communication amongst end users, identifying and articulating gaps between business processes and systems and facilitates the analysis, design, building, and maintenance of HIIM content within systems and knowledge management tools and resources.

Starting salary will be approximately from $86,398 to $107,997 and will be based on education, training, experience, and salaries of similar positions.

Prince George Prince George is the centre of business, education, health and culture for northern British Columbia and services a rural population of about 300,000. The region’s economic growth and diversification strategies are creating outstanding opportunities for investors, employers and employees. Affordable housing, land prices and transportation costs, due to short and quick commutes; result in one of the lowest costs of living for a city of its size in the province. Additionally, wage rates fall above provincial averages, providing residents of Prince George with a high standard of living in one of BC’s most beautiful regions. The city itself is the 4th largest in British Columbia and has a population of approximately 82,300 local residents and a service centre for nearly 320,000. It is built on the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers. Prince George is the home of the University of Northern British Columbia – Canada’s Green university. The warm, friendly and diverse population attests to a strong and dynamic community spirit.

Check out Prince George for more information on what this community has to offer.

What Northern Health has to offer you!
• Comprehensive benefit packages including extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
• Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
• Financial Support for Moving Expenses is available for eligible positions
• Employee referral program
• Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
• Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
• “Loan Forgiveness Programs” are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions.

As part of your application process, you will need to upload the following documentation:
• Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
• Registration number (if you are part of a regulated profession)
• Any supporting documents regarding education/qualifications for this position. Examples may include:
• Program certificates or diplomas
• High school/college/university transcripts etc.
• It is also recommended to provide a cover letter and resume

• Bachelor’s degree in a health information management or health informatics discipline;
• Relevant professional development in areas of clinical documentation improvement and/or information governance and/or enterprise information management, process improvement, change management, project management, group facilitation.
• Five (5) to seven (7) years recent, related experience in HIM operations and/or health information systems facilitation.
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Candidates with current Digital Health Canada membership and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada CPHIMS-CA Certification is considered an asset.

Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to guide, coach, teach, and promote a learning environment and continuous quality improvement.
• Strong documentation skills and demonstrated ability to develop detailed business or technical documentation, training aides and how-to documents, and track work activities or issues documentation.
• Intermediate computer skills and ability to work comfortably with spreadsheets, presentations, diagramming and word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Word).
• Ability to foster innovation throughout complex evolutionary change.
• Ability to see connections between issues, events, and data points and to think clearly around complex systems, bridging community issues and regional and provincial activities.
• Familiarity with international terminology and coding standards (e.g. ICD9/10, SnomedCT, LOINC).
• Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical skills.
• Proven ability to manage diverse groups and individuals through change initiatives and be able to resolve issues that arise throughout the process.
• Superior small and large group facilitation skills and individual coaching skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to foster collaborative partnerships using a team approach.
• High level of motivation with a positive attitude and high degree of flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
• Strong organizational skills and experience in project management; ability to organize and prioritize work and balance multiple activities concurrently.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Ability and willingness to travel.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation’s communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.