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Organ Transplant Performance Improvement Engineer

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The Organ Transplant Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has an opening for a full-time Organ Transplant Performance Improvement Engineer. The Organ Transplant Performance Improvement Engineer will:

  • Develop, coordinate and become subject matter expert on components of the Transplant Quality Assurance and Process Improvement (QAPI), the UIHC Performance Improvement (PI) Program as well as ensure that the Organ Transplant Center’s regulatory compliance.
  • Facilitate improvement activities utilizing PI methodologies (i.e. DMAIC, PDSA), and serve as a resource to assist and train others on performance improvement methodologies and evidence based patient safety and quality initiatives in the solid organ transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs.
  • Provide all levels of management, physicians, and clinical staff with accurate and timely information for effective decision making utilizing internal and external decision support systems in the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) and the Transplant Programs.
  • Ensures transplant-specific regulatory compliance and survey readiness for the Organ Transplant Center

This position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Organ Transplant Center (OTC) and Physician Director of the OTC.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently and use critical thinking skills, consistently meet established timelines, be highly organized, have excellent data management skills and have strong communication skills with physicians, nursing staff, and interdisciplinary team members.

Job Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Facilitates improvement activities for specific areas of responsibility (Organ Transplant Center) for the Performance Improvement and Decision Support programs in the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) and the QAPI programs of the Transplant Programs.
  • Collaborates in the development of long-term strategies and methodologies for evaluation of processes and outcomes across the continuum of care including measurement, analysis, and reporting of data used in achieving goals identified in the UIHC strategic plan. Contacts external peers/organizations for successful interventions/programs that have been proven effective.
  • Works with Healthcare Information Systems (HCIS) and pertinent resources available to facilitate the collection of pertinent data, design and use of databases and reports for clinical and administrative decision making. Conducts basic and advanced analyses of UIHC and transplant specific performance on clinical processes and outcomes.
  • Reviews, evaluates, interprets and develops reports, and provides end-user assistance, involving analysis, identification of problem needs, designing solutions, and identifying required system adaptations. Utilizes QAPI tools and metrics as recommended by CMS to facilitate identification of required transplant specific metrics and monitoring to pertinent adverse events as well as process improvement projects.
  • Facilitates significant clinical event and comprehensive systemic analysis, including peer review, process improvement, tracking and reporting of processes, policies and procedure updates and/or changes. Identification of variation, develop and implement systems and processes to facilitate effective clinical practice change and error reduction.
  • Prepares/presents educational programs on performance improvement, evidence based practice, or ongoing quality initiatives to clinical and UIHC staff. Participates in staff education to ensure their ongoing familiarity with pertinent regulations and compliance with CMS regulations.
  • Ensures OTC readiness for regulatory survey by putting survey processes and procedures in place as well as regular compliance audits.

For full job details and to apply for this position, go to Jobs@UIOWA and search for “Organ Transplant Performance Improvement Engineer” or job ID #20003752

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