Health Informatics Officer

Global Health Corps
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Job Description: Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is rarely seen in developed countries, yet it remains endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa and other resource-limited countries. RHD is known as a disease of poverty, as poor housing conditions, overcrowding, lack of hygiene, and lack of health care resources are determinants of RHD. RHD patients lose their lives prematurely as a result of limited disease surveillance and prevention programs, access to resources and treatments, as well as a lack of awareness and education. Surgical intervention remains an important treatment approach for those with more severe forms of RHD, yet disparities exist in access to and outcomes following RHD surgery. The major needs that post-operative patients face are beyond their financial capacity, such as continuing access to care, life-long medication, lab testing, and even the transportation necessary to obtain these services.

Improving post-operative patient management by ensuring regular monitoring and follow-up is an essential and sustainable strategy. The Health Informatics Officer of Team Heart, Inc. will be responsible for designing, planning, and integrating innovative approaches, such as eHealth technologies, into the country wide RHD surveillance programs in order to improve overall patient quality of life and access to care, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality rates of RHD. The Health Informatics Officer will support the team and stakeholders with data analysis, monitoring and evaluation of surveillance projects, patient monitoring, and disease surveillance. Most importantly, the Health Informatics Officer will be an integral part of creating a platform to ensure and document effective RHD patient follow-up.

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?
As a member of the Team Heart organization, you get to work toward that goal every day! We offer hands-on professional experience in a high-achieving international environment.

Team Heart is a US and Rwanda based non-profit organization established in 2007 to deliver critical cardiac services. In 2013, we established a year-round country presence in Rwanda to improve patient outcomes. Since the beginning, Team Heart has mostly focused on its annual critical Cardiac Surgery Development Program and related skills transfer activities. As Team Heart’s vision grew to include the establishment of the first Cardiac Care Center in the country, there was a need to increase the organization’s presence and outreach in Rwanda.

Working in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and select global and local partners, Team Heart addresses the burden of cardiac disease. Team Heart targets Rwandan vulnerable populations who lack access for such specialty care. Since 2007, Team Heart has screened 5,000 patients suffering from RHD and performed open heart surgeries on over 150 patients, providing the potential to return to living productive and fulfilling lives. Furthermore, Team Heart’s mission is to prevent advanced RHD in partnership with local stakeholders through a combined effort of surveillance, prevention, education, and early intervention. We also support and advocate for poverty reduction initiatives for the population of marginalized individuals who suffer from chronic heart disease.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Develop and implement data-driven solutions to improve patient health and access to services
Analyze data from surveillance projects for best practices, gaps, and recommendations
Provide technical support related to the use of data management systems and electronic devices for data collection
Develop, plan, and execute a pilot phase for an innovative patient centered approach software to improve service delivery and data collection
Prepare reports, work plans, proposals, and other project management material as needed

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree*
Preferred: Bachelor\’s or master’s degree in relevant field
Two years of related work experience*
Knowledge of and/or experience with eHealth and/or mHealth*
Experience in health information management systems such DHIS, HMIS, EMR, ODK or similar*
Experience in developing and managing databases*
A practical understanding of programming and use of statistical analyses with use of STATA, SPSS, or similar*
High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills including translating research and evidence based practices for use in implementation
Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating activities in a public health setting
Strong relationship building skills and capability of using a collaborative approach to design and implement projects
Ability to set priorities, multi-task, and solve problems in a high-performing work environment
Attention to detail
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to actively engage team members in a collaborative manner
Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
Ability to adapt and work in resource constrained settings and set up innovative approaches
Knowledge of global health issues