University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 85773

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 06/28/16


Working Title:
Director of Informatics
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
PhD in computer science, industrial engineering, biomedical informatics, biomedical engineering, or related field is required.
 Six Sigma or Project Management Certification Preferred
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Five years experience in computer science, industrial engineering with an emphasis on IT, biomedical informatics, management science, or a related field is required. Proven IT technical skills, including database management and oversight, are required. Training and experience with Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 9000, or change management techniques for process improvement is strongly preferred. Supervisory and leadership experience is preferred. Experience and an in-depth knowledge of a variety of data management, programming, network security, data handling, and other related applications, and tools such as dcm4che, Mirth and various PACS systems is preferred. Experience in healthcare, electronic health records, HL7, DICOM standards, and HIPAA compliance is preferred. Software development project oversight, software development team management, and expertise and experience with software intellectual property protection concepts is preferred. Experience in commercializing information technology solutions is preferred.

Candidates should have a track record of innovation and results in the development and deployment of informatics resources in a clinical translational research setting.

Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective partnerships and successful collaborations with faculty and external partners in a large, complex, decentralized environment.

Candidates for associate or full professor rank must meet criteria for appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines for appointment and promotion.

A criminal and/or caregiver background check will be conducted.
Principal duties:
The Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is seeking a director of informatics to serve the informatics needs of the department, but also to establish the Department of Radiology as a premier and trusted source of informatics tools and resources, especially for use with sensitive and protected data. Clinical duties are centered in clinical practice informatics.

The major duties will include the following:

- Design, develop, and oversee implementation of processes, guidelines, and a framework for facilitating and operationalizing rapid development and deployment of a wide variety of informatics tools throughout the department and across campus.
- Define and scope projects. Prioritize mission-critical informatics tools, software, and applications.
- Improve data flow and eliminate barriers to data access, enhance and simplify movement of sensitive data across network firewalls and between a variety of users in clinical and basic science departments at UW-Madison and beyond.
- Oversee processes to facilitate expedient development of user-accessible business analytics tools.
- Integrate clinical operations and research and entrepreneurial processes.
- Leverage organization-wide resources that are already in place, and augment these resources as necessary.

Prepare grant applications, working collaboratively with the Vice Chair of Medical Informatics, Vice Chair of Health Services and Outcomes, Section Chief of Imaging Sciences, and other collaborators, with the goal of obtaining grants to fund computer and network components to build scalable and secure storage systems and computing infrastructure.

Create a Radiology Informatics Fellowship Program for the UW Department of Radiology. Design, direct and oversee the program that will provide an opportunity for radiology clinical and research training at the fellowship level with advanced training on existing research programs and eventual formulation of an original research project. Create an advanced training curriculum in all aspects of radiology technology in both outpatient and hospital radiology settings for clinical translational research. This program will be in the area of electronic imaging, radiology technology and teleradiology with a focus on gaining special expertise in these areas that can be applied to private radiology practices or academic careers.
Act as a liaison between the Department of Radiology and other informatics bodies across the UW-Madison campus and UW Health, including interacting with the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) group, the UW Health Information Services teams, the UW Health Chief Information Officer, the UW Chief Information Security Officer, the Division of Information Technology, and other campus departments including the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and the Department of Medical Physics.

Oversee a team of programmers and interact with other UW Health IS teams to enable seamless transition of projects from the development environment to production and ensure that appropriate documentation and training resources are in place to enable effective utilization of the new systems.

Enable academic endeavors. Develop processes to facilitate access to sensitive data by research users based on a foundation of core research compliance concepts (human subject regulations). Oversee development of data anonymization tools to ensure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance of research data containing Personal Health Information (PHI). Direct the establishment of secure data storage sources and a research PACs system. Write and publish academic papers describing this body of work.

Work with UW Health IS to develop policies for ensuring that all devices that are connected to the UW Health network comply with certain standards in order to minimize security risks to the network.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $48,072 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:50% - 100%
Anticipated begin date:JULY 25, 2016
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: JULY 20, 2016
Please send resume and cover letter referring to the Position Vacancy Listing number 85773 to the below contact.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Christa Neuser
Phone: 608-263-7663
Department of Radiology   
Fax: 608-262-3668
E3/366 CSC   
600 Highland Avenue   
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