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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Obstetric Initiative (OBI) is seeking a detail-oriented self-starter to join the team in the role of Clinical Data Specialist. OBI is a Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI) consisting of 70+ maternity hospitals across Michigan and is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network (BCBSM). This program is working to address variation in obstetric care with a first initiative of supporting vaginal birth and safely lowering the cesarean delivery rate among low-risk patients. This position is part of the OBI Coordinating Center team, housed at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), but currently working remotely due to the COVID19 pandemic.

In collaboration with the Program Manager, OBI Program Directors, and under the direction of the current OBI Clinical Data Manager, the Clinical Data Specialist will be the primary point of contact for participating hospitals in data collection, auditing, education and engagement.  BCBSM funds nurse Clinical Data Abstractors (CDAs) at OBI participating hospitals to collect, analyze, and report clinical data elements for OBI eligible cases.  Each CDA works under the supervision of their respective hospital supervisor and the OBI Data Management Team to effectively and efficiently capture valid and reliable data for quality improvement purposes. This position will collaborate with various stakeholders and OBI hospital teams to affect change in quality of care, performance, process and outcome measures that impact the strategic vision of OBI.

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and briefly outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

Mission Statement

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CDA Support, Training & Engagement
  • Coordinate onboarding of new Clinical Data Abstractors (CDAs) and ensure that team additions are in alignment with the OBI Participation agreement.
  • Maintain and manage the OBI data definitions manual, specifications manuals, user’s guides, and training modules/presentations to ensure consistent data collection across OBI participating hospitals.
  • Design and administer training sessions to ensure all participating hospital Data Abstractors are educated in all aspects of OBI data validation, collection, reporting, and quality assurance.
  • Develop educational materials and support documents to ensure consistent data collection across all OBI hospitals.
  • Plan, develop, and present CDA specific topics at the OBI SemiAnnual meetings, breakout sessions, and CDA check-in webinars. 
  • Coordinate all communication with hospital-based Clinical Data Abstractors, responding to questions regarding data variables and definitions and assure that data collection issues are addressed.
  • Collaborate with the registry vendor to ensure optimal functioning of the OBI Workstation (data registry), including the ongoing design and functionality of the workstation, and identifying needs to support clinical data abstraction.
  • Use clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills to detect data validity and data collection concerns and resolve issues in collaboration with OBI team and CDAs.
Data Quality Assurance
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Data Manager, evaluate and refine the OBI data audit plan to ensure consistent and quality data collection amongst participating hospitals.
  • Lead the site audit process to evaluate data collection adherence to OBI data definitions and program procedures, providing timely and informative feedback to each site based on the results the audit.
  • Communicate issues of data validity, clinical data abstraction, or issues regarding incomplete cases to the OBI Teams.
Data Reporting & Analysis 
  • Possess and apply a broad knowledge of measurement, analysis and performance improvement to supporting OBI Hospitals in a collaborative effort to safely reduce the use of primary cesarean delivery and to improve health outcomes of Michigan women and infants.
  • Collaborate with the OBI Coordinating Center Teams and OBI hospitals to identify opportunities and develop strategies to improve performance.
  • Coordinate annual data element review to ensure that clinical data abstraction informs quality improvement development, measuring, and reporting.
  • In collaboration with the Coordinating Center Team, assist in the preparation of collaborative-wide events.
  • In collaboration with the Coordinating Center Team, assist the Program Manager to develop the annual BCBSM Statement of Work, and other BCBSM deliverables such as progress reports, annual reports, and requests for information as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Public Health, or other health related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience related to improving care processes and patient outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) the and ability to successfully work with all levels of faculty and staff.
  • Proficiency in public speaking and/or leading large group trainings.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively manage multiple competing/shifting priorities and deadlines with minimal direct supervision.
  • Successful experience in collaboration with others in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suites (e.g. Docs, Sheets, Drive), DropBox, and Zoom.
  • When safe to do so, individual must be able to be in the Ann Arbor, Michigan office and travel to meetings and participating locations across the state throughout the year.
Intermediate Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in health care with experience in, or strong knowledge of quality improvement and reporting or delivery of direct patient care in a maternity setting.
Senior Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in health care with experience in, or strong knowledge of quality improvement and reporting or delivery of direct patient care in a maternity setting.
Behavioral and work environment expectations:
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to organize and motivate a diverse and multitalented team towards the success of the collaborative.
  • Professional, team-driven attitude and proven ability to take initiative.
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to prioritize and complete tasks independently and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with and contribute to a high-functioning, inter-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate with leadership and administrators.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, flexibility, and discretion in all aspects of work.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and deadlines.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in a health care or quality field.
  • Direct patient care in Labor and Delivery is highly desirable.
  • Prior demonstrated quality improvement experience related to improving care processes and patient outcomes in maternity care. 
  • Experience with data collection in clinical research or quality improvement.
  • Prior Collaborative Quality Improvement (CQI) project experience.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.