Senior Associate, Health Information Technology (Policy Analyst and Writer)
- Full Time
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The health information technology project (HIT) seeks to improve the quality of health care in the United States by addressing issues related to the safety of HIT and the interoperability of health data. In particular, the project will:
- Conduct research and advance federal policies to improve the safe use of electronic health records (EHRs);
- Support government and private-sector solutions to more accurately match patients with their health records across health care systems, particularly through the standardization of demographic data and use of biometrics; and
- Advocate for policies to improve the effective extraction of health data from EHRs via application programming interfaces.
The senior associate provides initial drafts of fact sheets, issue briefs, and reports outlining current problems associated with health IT interoperability and safety and revises according to feedback from project staff. The senior associate designs and implements research projects, which may involve interviews with external experts and overseeing contracts, and synthesizes findings in Pew documents. The senior associate tracks various legislative and regulatory proposals, assesses their relevance for the team, and drafts comments for the project to submit. He or she reviews the HIT landscape—including newly published peer review articles, statements by leading organizations, and other health care developments—and alerts the team to articles of interest and relevance. Finally, the senior associate provides logistical support to the team, such as planning events, listening to webinars, and summarizing team activities for senior leadership. While knowledge of health care policy is preferred, the senior associate is not expected to have subject matter expertise on health information technology. The position involves significant writing, especially to communicate complex topics to educated lay readers.
The position, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, reports to the project director and has a set timeframe that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding source, and board decisions on continued support.
- Draft written documents—including fact sheets, issue briefs, reports, regulatory comments, etc.—around the project's HIT goals, with a focus on communicating technical topics on data interoperability to lay and policymaker audiences.
- Build a coalition of support—from clinical societies, technology developers, and other organizations—to advance Pew's interoperability goals.
- Conceive of, plan, and implement research projects around the project's goals, such as on the use of application programming interfaces.
- Plan and execute plans to solicit feedback from external stakeholders, such as by preparing interviews with experts and hosting expert meetings.
- Develop and oversee external grants and contracts, including by drafting deliverables, filling out research forms, and monitoring progress.
- Monitor key activities of government, academia, industry, and patient groups (examples include the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Health IT Advisory Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and congressional initiatives focused on health IT) and report key developments to the team.
- Plan on- and off-site meetings, such as by determining an invitation list, developing an agenda, and managing logistics.
- Attend external meetings and conferences, make connections for the project, and bring back information of relevance for the team.
- Provide logistic support to the team, such as by taking notes on webinars and summarizing team activities for Pew leadership.
- Contribute to the strategic direction and campaign strategy of the project.
- Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum four years' experience in writing and policy analysis. Health care and/or health policy experience preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to briefly summarize complex technical issues for a lay audience. Clear, effective writing is necessary for success in this position.
- Ability to meet deadlines while assuring high-quality work product.
- Familiarity with policies of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology preferred but not required.
- A history of resolving problems creatively and logically to drive results.
- Demonstrated strong analytical and research skills. Asks probing, relevant questions. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners, and others. Persuades others, internally and externally, to gain support and commitment of initiatives. Excellent listening skills.
- Ability to fit into the creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture of Pew, which emphasizes excellence, collegiality, and teamwork. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and independently to meet goals.
Occasional domestic travel for conferences and meetings.
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.