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Posted Job Title:

PCORnet Project Director

Tracking Code:

291458-561

Job Location:

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Type:

Full-Time/Regular

Posting Date:

12/30/2015

Are you looking for a place to work where the people genuinely care about shaping the future of health care? Do you want to work with people who are committed to and passionate about helping others live better, healthier lives – at a place where your coworkers are dedicated to innovative research and teaching?   If so, the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) is the place for you. HPHCI is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and is the only appointing medical school department in the United States based in a health plan.  As part of our Department of Population Medicine team, you will have the opportunity to be a part of this growing industry, which includes many different disciplines, such as Therapeutics and Infectious Disease, Obesity, Aging, Cancer and Pediatrics.   Come join our team!

The Project Director will work with the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE) group within the Department of Population Medicine (DPM). The TIDE group manages complex, national, multi-institutional research initiatives that utilize electronic medical data, such as claims data, electronic health record (EHR) data, and registries to support multiple research and public health initiatives. The Project Director will primarily focus on leading tasks to support the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet, www.pcornet.org), an innovative national network funded by PCORI and coordinated at the Department of Population Medicine. PCORnet is designed to enhance the nation’s ability to conduct patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. The Project Director will lead analytic and data related activities for PCORnet, including but not limited to strategic planning and oversight of PCORnet data resources and distributed research network (DRN) infrastructure, and maintenance and expansion of PCORnet distributed analytic capabilities.

DPM is also the Coordinating Center for several other large-scale initiatives, and it is expected that the Project Director will also participate, as appropriate, in those networks, including the FDA Sentinel project (www.mini-sentinel.org) and the NIH Health Care Systems Collaboratory (www.nihcollaboratory.org/Pages/default.aspx). This position requires high-level communication skills, knowledge of research methods and electronic data sources, and knowledge and understanding of research and data informatics and standards. The position requires close collaboration with investigators, project managers and other researchers, both within Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) and externally. This is a high-profile position within PCORnet that will require frequent collaboration with national data, research and informatics experts across PCORnet, within relevant federal agencies (e.g., FDA, ONC, ASPE) and across related multi-site research initiatives supported by NIH, FDA, and others.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees a research team that coordinates and implements research activities within PCORnet, including network query fulfillment and the development of analytic tools for use in the network
  • Provides strategic guidance and oversight for PCORnet data and analytic resources and capabilities
  • Participates in the development of research protocols, primarily with respect to the use of available observational health data
  • Contributes to all aspects of pharmacoepidemiological studies
  • Participates in development and/or coordination across multiple networks of new methods for extracting, coding, and using data for multi-site studies
  • Participates in the review and implementation of PCORnet queries, including initial assessment of feasibility, data coordination, data analysis and reporting activities for PCORnet studies
  • Coordinates data model and analytic activities with other national research initiatives and standards bodies
  • Leads data operations activities, utilizing prior knowledge of health informatics standards and tools as well as patient privacy (e.g., HIPAA), security (e.g., FISMA), and research (e.g., IRB) requirements related to observational and clinical research
  • Prepares summary reports and presentations, including peer-reviewed publications
  • Oversees operation and expansion of the PCORnet Distributed Research Network secure infrastructure
  • Coordinates meetings of collaborators and provides interim written summaries of results for discussion by DPM investigators and collaborators
  • Assists with project management tasks, including coordination of team meetings and communication with external collaborators

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Health Services Research, Health Economics, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Informatics, or similar field
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience working on multi-site research projects using administrative claims databases or electronic health record data
  • Experience applying advanced pharmacoepidemiologic methods, such as propensity score-based approaches, is desired
  • Three to five years of research in a health care research, industry, consulting, or academic environment
  • Ability to develop and implement standard operating procedures for project development, tracking, documentation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Prior knowledge and use of varied data systems (e.g., claims data, electronic health records, registries) for observational and/or clinical research
  • Sound knowledge of research methods specific to epidemiology
  • Experience with observational research with distributed research networks a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to operate independently with excellent judgment
  • Ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to analyze data and report data findings
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work within budgets

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. HPHC will not pay fees to any third party agency or firm that does not have a signed “Employment Agency Agreement” already on file with Human Resources – The Office of Talent Acquisition.

We are an equal opportunity employer.   We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.   The EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Internal Job Title:

Research Associate

Tracking Code:

291455-561

Job Location:

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Type:

Full-Time/Regular

Job Description:

Are you looking for a place to work where the people genuinely care about shaping the future of health care? Do you want to work with people who are committed to and passionate about helping others live better, healthier lives – at a place where your coworkers are dedicated to innovative research and teaching?   If so, the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) is the place for you. HPHCI is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and is the only appointing medical school department in the United States based in a health plan.  As part of our Department of Population Medicine team, you will have the opportunity to be a part of this growing industry, which includes many different disciplines, such as Therapeutics and Infectious Disease, Obesity, Aging, Cancer and Pediatrics.   Come join our team!

The Research Associate will work with the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group (TIDE) within the Department of Population Medicine (DPM). The TIDE group manages complex, national, multi-institutional research initiatives that utilize claims data, electronic health data (EHR), and patient reported data. The Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks to support the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet,www.pcornet.org), an innovative national network funded by PCORI and coordinated at the Department of Population Medicine and Duke Clinical Research Institute. PCORnet is designed to enhance the nation’s ability to conduct patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. The Research Associate will support the analytic and observational research related activities for PCORnet, including but not limited to technical requirements preparation, SAS data management and formal report preparation for PCORnet research studies and the distributed research network operations center (DRN OC). This position requires high-level communication skills and close collaboration with investigators, project managers and other research associates/analysts, both within Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) and externally.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical, epidemiological input on technical specifications for observational research requests
  • Provide technical, informatics input on distributed research network (DRN) use for preparatory-to-research and observational studies
  • Participate in study design, data coordination, data analysis and reporting
  • Prepare summary reports and presentations
  • Participate in regular project meetings
  • Assist with the review of distributed SAS programs, output and log files
  • Assist with project management tasks, including coordination of team meetings and communication with external collaborators 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Bio statistics, Health Informatics, or similar field preferred
  • Exposure to varied data systems (e.g., claims data, electronic health records, registries)
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in a research environment
  • Sound knowledge of research methods specific to epidemiology
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Ability to analyze data and report data findings
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to act independently and with good judgment
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work within budgets
  • Sound knowledge of health informatics, health services research, epidemiology, statistical software (SAS, SQL, R, etc.), and distributed research networks a plus

Organizational relationships/scope:

The Research Associate reports to a TIDE Senior Research Associate. S/he will interact with study investigators and staff within HPHC and collaborating institutions.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. HPHC will not pay fees to any third party agency or firm that does not have a signed “Employment Agency Agreement” already on file with Human Resources – The Office of Talent Acquisition.

We are an equal opportunity employer.   We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.   The EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Internal Job Title:

Research Assistant

Tracking Code:

291454-561

Job Location:

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Type:

Full-Time/Regular

Apply online at: www.harvardpilgrim.org/careers

Are you looking for a place to work where the people genuinely care about shaping the future of health care? Do you want to work with people who are committed to and passionate about helping others live better, healthier lives – at a place where your coworkers are dedicated to innovative research and teaching?   If so, the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) is the place for you. HPHCI is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and is the only appointing medical school department in the United States based in a health plan.  As part of our Department of Population Medicine team, you will have the opportunity to be a part of this growing industry, which includes many different disciplines, such as Therapeutics and Infectious Disease, Obesity, Aging, Cancer and Pediatrics.   Come join our team!

The part-time Research Assistant will provide support for a study being conducted by the Department of Population Medicine/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. The study is about how insured individuals access their insurance benefits and access treatments for their conditions in the context of patient cost-sharing requirements. The work will consist of in-depth interviews with persons living with bipolar disorder and family caretakers of persons living with bipolar disorder. The Research Assistant will schedule and conduct interviews, assist with coding and analysis of qualitative data, and provide general assistance to the interview project.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contact the interview respondents, who will have been already recruited as volunteers, and schedule telephone interviews.
  • Obtain oral informed consent.
  • Conduct hour-long interviews by telephone, following a semi-structured interview guide. (Approx. 50-60 interviews total.)
  • Capture an audio-recording of each interview using a digital voice recorder.
  • Write brief summary notes from each interview.
  • Perform data entry and tracking.
  • Maintain secure storage of audio files and facilitate their transfer to the transcription service vendor.
  • Review the returned interview transcripts for errors.
  • Conduct coding and cleaning of data from interviews using specialized software.
  • Assist with analysis of qualitative data collected from interviews.
  • Assist with manuscript preparation.
  • Attend meetings with study team.
  • Other administrative duties as necessary to support the interview project.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; related experience in a health care, research, or educational environment required.
  • Experience working with populations that live with serious mental illness will be preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to operate independently and with good judgment.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with computer systems, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information discreetly.
  • Familiarity with research methods, study design, qualitative data, and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with and ability to learn more about health insurance design and health care financing.

Organizational relationships/scope:

The Research Assistant reports to the Grants Administrator for the DPRG group. The Research Assistant will interact with project investigators, project staff, staff from collaborating organizations, and study subjects.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. HPHC will not pay fees to any third party agency or firm that does not have a signed “Employment Agency Agreement” already on file with Human Resources – The Office of Talent Acquisition.

We are an equal opportunity employer.   We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.   The EEO is the Law poster is available here.

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