Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief Health Informatics Officer) in Montgomery, Alabama

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Montgomery, AL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 1/28/2016 (270 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 1/26/2017 (94 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1608510

The Chief of Health Informatics Officer is a physician who provides leadership in planning, direction, and support of an integrated program for health care informatics.

Our Mission:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Dothan Alabama, Ft. Rucker Alabama, Monroeville, Alabama, Columbus Georgia and Montgomery VA Clinic. The primary duty station for this position is at the Montgomery Campus. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


The Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) is a physician who provides leadership in planning, direction, and support of an integrated program for health care informatics at the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS). The incumbent reports to Deputy Chief of Staff and must be technically skilled and knowledgeable about clinical informatics. The CHIO will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all clinical reminders. The CHIO will set-up, with input from the service chief's, provider profiles, with real-time data, on all clinical performance measures for each provider. The CHIO will automate a scorecard on clinical measures and other dimensions of care.

The CHIO functions as liaison among management, clinicians, and IT staff at the facility, as well as VISN or Region. The CHIO demonstrates a high level of analytical ability and an extensive knowledge of healthcare issues. The CHIO guides staff in taking advantage of innovations in clinical informatics technology. This includes innovative technologies that impact the delivery of clinical care throughout CAVHCS with particular attention to how clinical informatics technologies help or impede the delivery of care; review of innovations to CPRS and VistA systems with attention to assessing these innovations and considering methods of implementation; and exploration of new technologies or improvements to existing technologies that are developed in the private sector. The CHIO works with a staff of health informatics specialists. The CHIO has overall supervisor responsibility for staff supporting the CHIO office, Clinical Informatics staff, Tele health program including home tele health, My HealthyVet program and any other staff as assigned. The CHIO also acts as the physician champion for telemedicine initiatives. In addition, CHIO will have clinical practice and manage a panel of Veterans (40% time).

The CHIO must possess the following characteristics:

  • Leadership and Organizational Representation;

  • Program Management;

  • Resource Management;

  • Organizational Effectiveness;

  • Quality Management ;

  • Accountability.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: 00000

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Will be required to provide services for all CAVHCS locations
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidate.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

  • Must be a citizen of the United States

  • Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

  • Board certification or its equivalent, unless waived by the Chief Medical Director/Officer.

Preferred Experience:

  • In-depth knowledge of Department of Veterans Affairs’ technologies such as the Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Architecture (VistA), Computerized Patient Record System, and others;

  • Knowledge of system-wide health care environment, including how business processes influence health care delivery and the flow of data among the major domains of the health care system;

  • Prior experiences with leading organizational change, fostering collaboration, communicating effectively and managing large scale projects related to clinical information systems;

  • Additional degree or certification in the field of informatics is preferred;

  • Experience with information systems and processes enhance or compromise the decision making and actions of health care team members;

  • Fundamental information system concepts, including the life cycle of information systems, the constantly evolving capabilities of information technology and health care, and the technical and non-technical issues surrounding system implementation;

  • Experience clinical information systems implementation, user/patient impact, as well as how to support users and how to promote clinical adoption of systems.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Permanent Change of Station Expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station authorization includes the relocation of a household and travel expenses to new location due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. PCS expenses for non-VA employees are limited. For more information go to

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Lifting 15-44 pounds, carrying 15-44 pounds, Use of Fingers, Near Vision correctable 13"-16" Jeager 1-4, both eyes required, depth perception, hearing aid permitted. Must be able to communicate, ability to use computer.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

Salary Range: $120,000.00 to $255,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427454900

Job Announcement Number: JU-T38-115-16-Gjw-1608510