Clinician/Practitioner Consultants

These members of the workforce will support implementation at specific locations for a period of time and, when their work is done, will move on to new locations. Workers in this role might be employed by regional extension centers, providers, vendors, or state/local public health agencies, and would work together in teams. Preparation for this role will typically require six months of intense training for individuals with appropriate backgrounds.

General Description

This role is similar to the “Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist” role. In addition to that role’s set of competencies, this role brings to bear the background and experience of a professional licensed to provide clinical care or a public health professional.

Suggested Background

Individuals in this role will be licensed clinical or public health professionals; or in the case of public health, they would bring into the role significant experience in federal, state or local public health agencies. 

Competencies

In addition to the activities for the “Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist” role, workers in this role will be able to:

  • Analyze and recommend solutions for health IT implementation problems in clinical and public health settings, bringing clinical expertise directly to bear.
  • Advise and assist clinicians in taking full advantage of technology, enabling them to make best use of data in electronic form, including data in registries, to drive improvement in the quality, safety and efficiency of care.
  • Assist in selection of vendors and software by helping practice personnel ask the right questions and evaluate the answers they receive.
  • Advocate for users’ needs, acting as a liaison between users, IT staff, and vendors.
  • Ensure that the patient/consumer perspective is incorporated into EHR deployments and that full attention is paid in the deployment to critical issues of patient privacy.
  • Train practitioners in best use of the EHR system, conforming to the redesigned practice workflow.