J2 Interactive is looking for qualified candidates to help us on challenging health information exchange projects utilizing InterSystems HealthShare. Since 2007, we’ve been delivering large-scale HealthShare implementations for local RHIOs, statewide exchanges, and private health systems. As we continue to grow, we’re hoping to add to our team of talented, experienced individuals with direct experience in health information exchange.
Though an ideal candidate would have prior experience with HealthShare, or the InterSystems technologies that underpin HealthShare such as Ensemble and Caché Object Script, we will be happy to consider candidates whose HIE experience was gained on another platform such as Axolotl, DBMotion, Medicity, MedPlus, Mirth, or Orion. As any qualified candidate will know, an HIE project encompasses a very broad range of expertise, and it’s a rare individual who’s strong in all areas. But we believe that the right candidates will be able to climb the HealthShare learning curve if they already possess a deep understanding of underlying concepts such as:
- Traditional HL7 messaging / integration (ADT and clinical message types)
- CDA-based message formats (CCD, C-CDA)
- Web services / XML / XSLT
- IHE profiles, including PIX/PDQ, XDS.b, and XCA
- EHR interoperability
- Identity management (including experience with vendor solutions such as IBM’s Initiate or QuadraMed’s Smart IX)
- Consent modeling / XACML
- Patient and provider portals
- Population management / analytics
- NwHIN Connect and Direct
- Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 requirements
- Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs)
The roles on a HealthShare implementation team are quite diverse, and the range of skills and abilities we need to bring to these projects is very broad. The ideal candidate will possess not only the full range of technical knowledge and capabilities, but also an understanding of the policy considerations that drive an HIE, experience dealing with the dynamics of stakeholder and vendor participation in an exchange, extremely strong communication skills, and an ability to evangelize on the benefits of health information exchange to anyone who’ll listen. And heat vision … you never know when you might need that on the job.
Assuming (just for a moment) that it might be unrealistic to expect all of that in one person, here’s who should send in a resume for consideration:
- An architect-level technical lead who can engage clients at the CTO / CIO level, or even play a virtual CTO role on behalf of the client. Such an individual would need to have a very strong technical pedigree, a deep understanding of general systems architecture and database architecture considerations common to any large-scale implementation in any industry, leadership experience in healthcare IT or healthcare project consulting, facility with the various standards and concepts relevant to health information exchange, and the ability to aggressively attack the HealthShare learning curve with the goal of becoming an expert in how this specific technology platform addresses the various functional requirements of an HIE.
- A senior software developer with relevant experience building HIE solutions, in one or more of the areas described above: integration, EMRs, identity, consent, portals, analytics, etc. Caché or Ensemble experience is a huge plus here, but not strictly necessary. A computer science background, experience with web and/or desktop application development, and fluency in other, more “mainstream” software development languages such as Java, C++, and SQL will lend significant credibility to your resume. The most important thing is that we need people who possess a deep understanding of object-oriented programming and approach projects with a professional software developer’s mindset.
- A less technically-oriented person who wants to play a role as a project lead, data quality analyst, clinical informaticist, or program manager. Because most of our roles are highly technical, the less technical candidate would need to be extremely strong on HIE strategy, policy-making, proposal writing, stakeholder engagement, requirements analysis, and project management. Depending on their specific role on a project, they would need to be able to command a room, speak the language of clinical stakeholders, take ownership of our team’s collective responsibilities, and/or marshal the necessary resources on our end to deliver on every promise made.
As we say on all our job listings, we want people who are smart, creative, and fearless … and this is especially true for the HIE space which is growing and evolving very rapidly. We’d always rather hire a brilliant, highly motivated person who’ll have to climb more of a learning curve than someone with loads of relevant experience who lacks the personal qualities we’re looking for. But of course, the perfect candidates will have both.
Generally speaking, we are looking to hire full-time, salaried employees. But if you’re a freelancer and want to stay that way, we’re open to discussing a contract position as long as we can get a stable, predictable time commitment from you (20-40 hours per week) that works for everyone.
Benefits for full-time employees include:
- Aggressive employee profit-sharing program
- Voluntary 401(k) plan with company matching up to 4% of salary
- Medical and dental insurance, with 50% of costs paid by J2
- Flex Spending Account to pay for medical expenses on a pre-tax basis
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance, paid for by J2
- Laptop and required software
- Annual ski trip that will make you wonder how you found this awesome company
In short, we think J2 is a great place to work because we’re a small firm, all of us are software developers, and all of us want exciting work while still enjoying the benefits of a telecommuting lifestyle (within the constraints placed upon us by our clients). If this is what you’re looking for, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!