Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Manager)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Internal Number: 613333900
The Medical Technologist serves as the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (PALMS) Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) in a multi-site system with responsibility for laboratory computer programs and systems to gather, record, process, analyze and report clinical data relating to chemistry, toxicology/drug abuse, hematology/coagulation, serology, microbiology, mycology, parasitology, infection control, blood bank/transfusion medicine, autopsy, cytology, and surgical pathology. The Medical Technologist- Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall the hospital information system (HIS). Provides authoritative advice and consultation on the information system as they apply to the clinical laboratory. Advises all organizational levels on functions and capabilities of the LIS. Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording taking into account compliance principles. Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. Provides consultation and training of personnel on computer functions and responsible for maintenance of security keys. The MT (LIM) must be able to solve highly complex problems and modify or adapt new methods or techniques to improve or expand service. Must possess knowledge of both laboratory and information technology areas. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Implements the laboratory modules of the Aim Arbor Healthcare System VistA package, which includes the Ann Arbor Laboratory and the Toledo CBOC Laboratory. This involves solving and identifying problems in new or updated software packages when they are installed in the central computers, analysis of those problems and determining the appropriate corrective action. Using knowledge of medical technology, works closely with Chief Information Officer (CIO) staff to devise modifications either in the computer routines of the laboratory sections or system users that ensures the two parts of the overall system work well together and that clinical data results are accurately reported and available in a timely manner. Works independently to carry out assignments, resolve conflict between laboratory/medical personnel and computer personnel, coordinates work with section supervisors, and keeps laboratory service informed of potential problems and enhancements. Serves as local expert for national software developers for testing and validation. Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, and methodology of clinical laboratory sufficient to revise standard methods to improve or extend test systems; and evaluate, modify, or adapt new methods to meet the requirements of particular testing situations. Develops and recommends new IT policies and procedures. Provides authoritative advice and consultation about the laboratory system to all organizational levels. Takes into account compliance issues and maintains all computer files and coding systems. These duties are performed for over 25% of the time. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training, and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs, or functions. Applies knowledge of laboratory information systems and programming techniques sufficient to develop, adapt, and maintain computer systems for accomplishing diagnostic laboratory work and quality assurance. Adapts, implements, and integrates software to specific laboratory applications and processes. Applies knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory functions. Responsible for compliance with regulatory agency requirements as related to information systems. Works off-shifts, weekends and holidays in other sections of the laboratory as priorities show a need. Attends monthly laboratory staff meeting to report on computer related issues and problems. Demonstrates knowledge of computer system analysis, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system. Evaluates and continuously studies laboratory utilization to identify areas that need attention. Considers desirability and feasibility (availability of equipment and staff, cost-effectiveness, etc.) of computer applications in support of laboratory operations and initiates those that best meet laboratory needs. Directs the computer engineer's task in the implementation of interfacing various laboratory instruments to provide a more rapid and reliable flow of patient results into the laboratory computer system. Using knowledge of medical technology evaluates the feasibility of interfacing new laboratory instruments as new technology becomes available. Assists with and coordinates the informatics needs of the service with regard to computer based data collection, delivery and analysis Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM -May be required to work weekends and evenings Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.