In close collaboration with the Director of the Department of Quality Improvement and Psychiatric Services (QIPS) and
the APA’s Committee on Mental Health Information Technology (CMHIT), the Health Information Technology (HIT)
Specialist will 1) monitor, contribute to, and represent APA in national activities in the area of health information
technology and electronic health records; 2) lead internal APA activities in the development of HIT-related products and
services; and 3) develop educational material in the area of HIT in psychiatry.
National HIT Activities
Monitor national HIT activities, prioritize findings for the Association, and inform the Director of QIPS and
pertinent APA components of key trends and initiatives.
Take leadership in writing responses to public comment requests on behalf of APA.
Serve as APA’s liaison to national HIT groups such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC) and the Physicians Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC).
Collaborate with the Department of Government Relations on advancing state and federal HIT legislation, policy,
Serve as APA’s liaison to HIT vendors
APA HIT Activities
Participate in setting strategic direction for APA regarding HIT product development and/or endorsement,
contribute to existing and emerging efforts
Serve as administration liaison to CMHIT: work with chair to develop agenda and timetables, schedule calls and
meetings, participate and provide APA perspectives in CMHIT meetings, develop and distribute meeting minutes
Initiate and contribute to research efforts in the area of HIT and psychiatry
Inform the APA Practice Guidelines project such that recommendations are compatible with electronic
Participate in the EHR and HIT aspects of development and implementation of an APA patient registry;
Communicate with and serve as an expert resource to other APA entities.
Develop educational content for APA membership (e.g. resources to aid the small practice psychiatrist in EHR
Respond to inquiries from APA members, district branches, mental health care organizations, and administration
on HIT-related questions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Masters degree (e.g. medical informatics) with a minimum of 4 years relevant work experience
Knowledge of HIT/HER policy
Expert knowledge of the HIT/EHR marketplace and the national HIT enterprise (e.g. ONC, Medicare EHR
Incentive program, etc.)
Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to positively represent the association to membership
and professional groups
Knowledge of psychiatric disorders preferred
Knowledge of psychiatric treatments preferred
Hands-on experience in implementing and using HIT preferred
Experience with patient registries preferred
Proficiency in common business computer applications
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants must submit resume, cover letter with salary requirements.
RESUMES SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT. Employment will require a
WHERE TO APPLY:
Via Email: HRAPPS@psych.org
Via Mail or Delivery: Office of Human Resources
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209-9998
ATTN: Health Information Technology Specialist
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