Research Assistant, Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Deadline: None listed. Originally posted 11/17/12.

Biomedical Informatics Core – LC Data QUEST Research Assistant

Appointment Period: Fall Quarter 2012 – Spring Quarter 2013, with potential for on-going support past Spring 2013

To apply, and contact for more information: Kari Stephens, PhD kstephen@uw.edu

Office Location: South Lake Union in the ITHS BMI Core space; meeting spaces vary mainly between Roosevelt Commons and Met Park East; some travel to locations across the WWAMI region may be needed

The goal of this project is to create and test a technical infrastructure for sharing electronic health information regarding primary care practices in the WWAMI (WA, WY, AK, MT, ID) States. The LC Data QUEST architecture facilitates research and quality improvement by increasing the accessibility to health data captured in EMR systems at clinics that serve rural populations, thus accelerating the integration of new findings into practice. This electronic health information, when combined across sites, can be used for many research endeavors including comparative effectiveness research, research trials, and identifying patients for research. LC Data QUEST is a joint effort of the Community Outreach and Research Translation (CORT) the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) cores at the University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS).

Description: The individual in this position will be a key contributor to the ITHS community data sharing initiatives, and will provide both technical and research support.  The following activities are anticipated: 1. Perform data testing for LC Data QUEST architecture based on a pre-defined specification, 2. Assist with coordinating development of a pilot web-based tool, Federated Information Dictionary Tool (FInDiT), integrating it with the testing datasets, 3. Participate in site visits with current and future partners, assisting with technical feasibility evaluations and building relationships, 4. Assist with research consultations related to LC Data QUEST, 5. Assist with the technical evaluation of new / existing data sharing tools, architectures, and ontologies, 6. Assist with producing academic products, including manuscripts and conference presentations, grant preparation and IRB applications, 7. Oversee and upkeep the public website for LC Data QUEST and FInDiT , 8. Attend project specific and organizational meetings, 9. Assist with monitoring budget expenditures related to project vendor costs.

This position will promote awareness of the current research and approaches in community based data sharing in the US and will contribute to evolving opportunities to design coordination and / or expansion of the LC Data QUEST work of the ITHS to other efforts as the evolve.

This position requires: – Familiarity with relational data structures and ability to perform simple data queries and analyses in SQL. – Experience writing and using shell scripts. – Flexibility, organizational skills and self-motivation, and ability to work effectively under limited direct supervision. – Excellent written and oral communications skills in English. – Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred qualifications/requirements – Experience in working in medical settings, particularly in primary care community based settings. – Experience with web based application design. – Preferred candidates will have an interest and / or background in biomedical or public health informatics, public health genetics, or computer science.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree and enrollment in a Masters or Doctoral Program. Desired: Masters degree in Biomedical and Health Informatics or related field.

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