The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, SENIOR COMPUTER SPECIALIST. The person in this role will serve as a liaison between departmental IT staff and laboratory operations for the implementation of new computer systems. Duties include analyzing, designing, coordinating, and implementing requests for database modifications, and providing application support to users of the Laboratory Information System in the Department of Laboratory Medicine. This position requires understanding the relationship between complex laboratory operations and LIS capabilities, caregiver requirements, test requirements, data requirements of multiple downstream systems, and data flow throughout the laboratory and Medical Centers.Duties and Responsibilities:Create and modify test definitions, locations, worksheets, devices, etc., as well as oversee modifications to the database made by the laboratories.Assist users in all Laboratory Medicine divisions as well as users outside the department in determining how the LIS can best meet their needs.Maintain user security tables, monitor database integrity and evaluate the impact of product liability alerts to laboratory operations.Design and create customized reports in support of both clinical and research activities.Assist all laboratory departments in assessing the impact of changes to the system and in developing appropriate operational procedures to ensure database integrity.Coordinate database updates between multiple systems. Assist with updates to the LIS, including routine test maintenance and software overlays.Resolve user computer and software problems. Report application or network problems to appropriate sources.Test and evaluate the impact of software modifications and updates to laboratory operations and coordinate the implementation of major software upgrades.Perform project analysis for, and coordinate conversion and implementation of major software upgrades, minor software updates, and product liability alerts.Create troubleshooting documentation and user training materials.Perform work accurately, precisely and meet project completion deadlines through efficient workload organization.Demonstrate ability to work on and track status of multiple, concurrent projects.Exhibit understanding of departmental goals by appropriately prioritizing projects.Requirements:Bachelors in Medical Technology, Computer Science or a related field, AND minimum 2 years experience working in a complex lab and computer systems environment.Additional Requirements:Excellent verbal and written communication skills.An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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