Professional Practice Specialist - Health Informatics

Creating opportunities for more independence; it’s what people in the community rely on us for and what VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) has offered for over 90 years. With over 3,000 health care professionals serving clients in seven Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in the GTA, London, Ottawa and Durham. VHA’s Client & Family Centered Care community based approach provides nursing, rehabilitation, personal support and home support services. Our caring, professional team offers spectacular care to Ontario seniors, families, adults and children living with disabilities or suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, helping them live life more independently, in comfort and with dignity. 


We are currently seeking a :  Professional Practice Specialist - Health Informatics Part-Time (3 days/week), 1-year contract


As part of the Best Practice, Research and Education team at VHA’s Corporate Office (Toronto), the Professional Practice Specialist (PPS) will work collaboratively with the Client Services team to provide clinical leadership, expertise and consultation to VHA’s health care providers.  A major focus will be to support clinical documentation best practices through stakeholder engagement with point-of-care providers to identify strategies, leverage facilitators, and remove barriers to documentation excellence. The PPS will also work closely with VHA’s electronic medical record (EMR) team to implement point-of-care provider recommendations while ensuring that client safety and clinical best practices are maintained.

Key to this role will be leveraging technology to support the advancement of professional practice, research, education, and an interdisciplinary model of care.  As new programs and practice initiatives are designed collaboratively with internal/external partners, the PPS will be expected to contribute through providing clinical expertise, determining healthcare team members’ informational needs, providing the necessary staff education and learning supports, and prioritizing key clinical documentation areas to maximize clinical safety and care effectiveness. In this permanent, part-time position, the PPS will be a key member of the Best Practice, Research and Education team. They will be provided opportunities to lead projects as well as collaborate on projects led by other PPS, clinical educators, quality improvement specialists, and research associates.

Key Skills and Experience required for this position:

· Registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario, RNAO member, Masters’ degree in a Health-related field preferred

  Strong understanding of documentation excellence standards set forth by the College of Nurses of Ontario required

· Demonstrates understanding of the implications of ethical, legislative, and regulatory requirements related to the management of health information

· Demonstrates understanding for appropriate use of health information technologies to ensure patient safety

Minimum 1 year experience working with an electronic medical record (EMR) for routine nursing care

· Experience leading/participating in point-of-care documentation workflow improvements considered an asset

· Demonstrates understanding of the key attributes of data and information (e.g. quality, integrity, accuracy timeliness, appropriateness) and limitations within the context of intended use (e.g. clinical and analytical uses)

Minimum 1 year of project management and leadership required

· Demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders and operationalize key findings into strategy

· Demonstrated expertise in facilitation, sustainability and evaluation of program outcomes

Demonstrated ability to utilize data to plan/design/develop strategic quality improvement activities in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to positively impact organizational Key Performance Indicators and documentation excellence

· Strong computer skills including proficiency with Word, Excel (including analytical tasks), statistical software use (e.g. SPSS, R, SASS), MS PowerPoint and SharePoint

· Familiarity with Quality Improvement or Lean Six Sigma methodologies considered an asset

· Familiarity with change management principles in the implementation of new processes/systems an asset

Highly motivated with demonstrated ability for self-directed, independent work and as a member of collaborative teams

· Organization and self-management skills

· Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

· Demonstrated ability to problem-solve effectively

· Desire to champion interprofessional practice and collaboration

· Demonstrates commitment to a Client & Family Centered Care model of care and service delivery

· Proven track record of achieving  personal and organizational performance targets


How to Apply

Our online application should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Please see link below

VHA Home HealthCare is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. If you require any accommodation in the application process, please let us know in advance.

Thank you to everyone who applies. We will review applications as they are received. We’ll only be contacting those selected for further discussion.