Become the Ultimate Matchmaker: Apply to be the Next Innovator In Residence

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By Bryan Sivak | On Thu, 12/12/2013 - 3:16pm

Do you have what it takes to help lay the groundwork for the next iteration of health information technology? If you are an entrepreneur who wants to change the face of health care, you may be the next Innovator In Residence.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the premier health information technology not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access, through the best use of information technology and management systems, is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to sponsor an Innovator In Residence (IIR). The IIR will work for two years on behalf of HIMSS and its stakeholders to develop and implement a vision and strategy on consistent patient data matching in health care.  The IIR will have the unique opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in Washington, DC, with leadership in the HHS Chief Technology Office and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In your work at HHS, the IIR will engage stakeholders in business, research, health care, consumer/patient and other organizations in transforming the health care system.

The IIR will focus on developing a framework for technology and policy solutions to help provide consistent matching of a patient’s health care records resulting in increased safety and efficacy in health care. The work of the IIR will lead to establishing metrics of patient matching technology approaches and create a pathway for evaluating solutions. When looking back, successes of the IIR will include engaging stakeholders to adopt approaches that will set in motion improvements in technology that improve consistent and reliable patient matching of records.

The IIR program is just one of a number of entrepreneurial efforts at HHS that is creating new approaches and finding solutions to improve patient, quality, and cost of care. We have already seen some significant results from both the first cohort of HHS Entrepreneurs, such as a prototype to improve the nation’s organ tracking system, and the first IIR who helped develop and release the first set of standards for Blue Button data sharing. This new opportunity with HIMMS will provide another instance to impact a critical part of the health care system with entrepreneurial know-how.

In addition to working within the walls of a federal agency, the IIR has the rare opportunity to work with a professional organization and with a broad coalition of stakeholders who have the same mission. I find this unique blend of government and non-government interactions beneficial for the IIR experience by adding new dimensions toward understanding issues associated with complex systems adaptations that are needed to reshape health care. The IIR presents remarkable opportunity to expand leadership skills, test new ideas and models, and, yes, do hard work!

The ideal candidate has the following characteristics and qualifications:

  1. Possesses the entrepreneurial spirit;
  2. Experience with identity matching of records (health care experience preferred but not necessary);
  3. Experience with health information systems and technologies, privacy and security and related policy issues; and
  4. A degree in engineering, computer science, informatics, health management or other technology related field.

I encourage anyone who wants to have a substantial and transformative effect on health care to apply for this exciting opportunity. Apply here!

Specifications about the IIR positions can be found here. Apply now

More information on HIMSS can be found at HIMSS.org

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