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Research Consultant, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Posted: 1/18/2019 (Employment)


  • This .50 FTE position will be responsible for the design and implementation of complex palliative care quality metrics and the development of a quality assurance program that monitors and tracks these metrics across the UW Medicine Healthcare System.
  • This position will be responsible for implementing a quality metrics program across all UW Medicine entities as well as with community partners. The Research Consultant will lead efforts to establish and assess clinical metrics that are core to UW Medicine strategic plan. Working with the principal investigators, this is a .50 FTE position for a research consultant responsible for managing the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence’s Palliative Care Quality Metrics Program.
  • Duties include:

40% – Designing, implementing and evaluating quality data reporting systems and dashboards across all UW Medicine clinical entities and 5-7 community clinical sites. Accurate and robust data acquisition will require understanding of a wide array of information systems including familiarity and access to multiple data platforms including but not limited to ORCA, EPIC, and MedHub to procure and assess data quality. Oversee the management of both quantitative and qualitative data including developing collection systems, evaluation processes and quality controls while adhering to all clinical access compliance requirements. Provide complex data analysis through a variety of ad hoc reports.

20% -Assess data integrity and applicability within the stated goals, objectives and strategic development plan as it pertains to the provision of palliative care within UW Medicine. Utilize statistical modeling to support quality and accuracy of data and analytics.

20% – Recognize notable trends and identify opportunities for additional quality improvement and quality assessment activities as they relate to the UW Medicine strategic plan. Create recurring reports and databases to support the analysis and interpretation of data. Independently interpret and analyze date to address strategic aims.  Identify and determine data distribution protocols and apply continuous quality improvement tools to assess and improve practices for the duration of the assessment period.

10% – Create and disseminate overall project outcomes to sponsor, UW Medicine leadership and regional partners. Monitor and track overall project time lines and deliverables. Work independently with process partners across UW Medicine and in the community to meet program metrics and timelines. Provide timely updates to the PI and project directors on concerns or issues that might impact the goals of the project.

10% – Develop and maintain strong professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders including medical center leadership, Cambia Center members, funders, and community physicians to ensure continuous communication on program aims and activities.

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Mathematics or Statistics with 4-5 years of relevant experience; experience with health metrics development or statistical modeling.
  • Desired:

Organizational Skills:  • Works independently and collaboratively.  • Critical thinking and sound judgment with an ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently under deadline  pressure and changing priorities.  • Experience in project management highly desirable. • Experience in working with quality improvement and quality metrics in a healthcare setting highly desirable.  • Strong organizational skills and a high degree of attention to detail.  • Understands and systematically follows procedures and guidelines to assure complete and accurate work  products.  • Works within the culture and realities of the organization; routinely taps into organization resources to  achieve optimal results.

Language Skills:  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.  Interpersonal Skills:  • Ability to collaborate and foster relationships with faculty, staff, and peer management team members both  within the business unit, across the UW Medicine, and externally to affiliated institutions.  • Promotes a welcoming, productive climate, good morale and cooperation.  • Welcomes and adapts to different situations, personalities, and cultures.  • Listens effectively to understand customer needs.

Other Skills:    • Experienced user of e-mail applications, calendar (e.g., Outlook), word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, workflow, and project management software.  • Prior experience with ORCA, Epic, Catalyst, MedHub, and Amion desirable. • Prior experience with  user interface for data collection (Access, dashboard)

For questions: please contact

Ruth Engelberg PhD

Research Associate Professor

Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence


Phone: 206-744-9523

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Location: UW Medicine