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Deputy Director of Digital Health

Company: American Psychiatric Association
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 10, 2024

Job Description:

Job DetailsJob Location American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC - Description POSITION SUMMARY

In close collaboration with the Director of Practice Policy and APA Components that focus on digital health and innovation, the incumbent provides leadership and expertise around digital health transformation as APA's point of contact, acts as a subject matter expert and liaison to a number of committees, governing agencies and bodies, technology partners, APA Components, and APA members. The incumbent is responsible for proactively monitoring and setting regulatory strategy for practice and policy covering the full spectrum of digital health, including electronic health information technology (HIT), data privacy and security, data interoperability, artificial or augmented intelligence (AI), mobile health applications, e-prescribing, digital health equity, etc. The incumbent will also manage all activities of APA's non-Component App Advisor Expert Panel and APA's Technology in Psychiatry Collaborative. The incumbent will also review, respond, and develop digital health products.


Regulatory, Partnership, and Advocacy Activities

  • Monitor regulatory and legislative activities around issues relevant to digital health at the national and state-level and prioritize findings for the Association, including district branches.

  • Regularly update the Director, Practice Policy of these activities and work cross-functionally with other APA Administration departments, as needed, to respond to national HIT and digital health issues, including policy related to electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), telehealth and prescribing capabilities, interoperability of health care data, the role of AI in clinical care, health data privacy and security, health technology used in non-clinical settings, and other relevant priorities as they arise.

  • Collaborate with APA's Department of Government Relations and serve as an expert resource to other APA entities (e.g., District Branches, Area Councils, APA Foundation) on all digital health for state and federal advocacy purposes.
  • Provide strategic direction and represent APA's interests to external stakeholders around digital health with organizations via presentations and collaboration including, but not limited to:

  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
  • The American Medical Association's Digital Health Coalition
  • Health Level Seven International (HL7)
  • The American Telemedicine Association
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Organization
  • SNOMED CT International Codes Organization
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • The Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

  • Collaborate with stakeholders on activities to ensure APA's interests in digital health are represented and adopted to the greatest extent possible. Convenes groups of stakeholders as necessary to further APA's perspectives and role in the field, especially to define APA's positioning when new policy questions arise.
  • Serve as liaison to APA's digital health commercial interests and vendors, including, but not limited to:

  • those pertaining to electronic clinical decision support
  • mobile mental health applications
  • electronic health records
  • telemedicine solutions
  • electronic prescribing
  • practice management
  • artificial intelligence
  • compliance with HIPAA and other data security requirements

  • Set strategic direction and partnerships for APA regarding digital health product assessment, reviews/evaluation, development, or endorsement for the use of digital technology solutions in clinical practice policy solutions and for reimbursement considerations in digital health.
  • Ensure that senior leadership has timely and accessible information related to digital health and innovation in psychiatry.
  • Support APA subject matter experts in providing appropriate input on technology policy matters, serving as liaison between policy and clinical spheres.
  • Advance APA's positioning in larger population health transformation discussions, including through engagement in policy regarding health equity, technology-enabled behavioral health integration, and management of social determinants of health.

    Component, Staffing, and Project/Program Management Activities

    • Serve as administration liaison and project manager to the Committees on Telepsychiatry and Mental Health IT and APA App Advisor, along with any ad hoc work groups or collaborations on activities involving:

    • working with chairs to develop agenda
    • developing/editing timetables for activities and deliverables
    • scheduling conference calls and meetings at national conferences
    • moderating or otherwise participating in various meetings
    • recording and distributing meeting minutes
    • working with APA Administration to otherwise publish or disseminate through relevant communications channels the work of these components
    • develop cross-collaborative initiatives between all components related to digital health

    • Develop and project manage APA App Advisor Expert Panel.
    • Initiate and contribute to research efforts within psychiatric digital health.
    • Work with the APA Practice Guidelines project to ensure recommendations are compatible with electronic implementation for potential electronic clinical decision support (eCDS) projects within EHRs or mHealth.
    • Collaborate with PsychPRO or other clinical data registries to align technical, regulatory, and clinical priorities.

      Product/Content Development

      • Develop educational content for APA membership in the form of publicly available resources or those for the purposes of Continuing Medical Education, including:

      • Resources on policy considerations in technology-enabled psychiatry
      • Resources to aid the small practice psychiatrist in understanding and selecting technology solutions for their practice
      • Oversee the iterative development of online materials, including the Telepsychiatry Toolkit, Telepsychiatry blog, Psych News and other journalism outlets, social media posts, and email marketing

      • Coordinate closely with marketing and communications colleagues to ensure timely dissemination of information for APA members' practices
      • Cultivate member relationships and expertise to help member leaders publish articles via APA communications channels.
      • Respond to inquiries from APA members, district branches, other health care organizations, NGOs, government agencies, and APA staff on digital mental health-related questions, practice setting transformation, and use this information to identify and develop FAQ resources for members and staff.
      • Other duties as assigned


        SCOPE & IMPACT

        • Responsible for the daily activities of all aspects of digital health as it relates to the practice of psychiatry.
        • Requires a thorough knowledge of digital health, including HIT, and can communicate with both experts and non-experts on the issues.
        • Success is frequently measured by metric associated with completing a functional set of department or program projects or initiatives demonstrating defined organizational work environment behavior.


          • Identifies novel and complex issues and designs solutions to implement, often considers multiple alternatives, and implements with manager's approval.
          • Understands the evolving nature of digital health and how to engage with decision makers with undefined policy and regulations.
          • Recognizes complex problems and escalates them to the appropriate level.
          • May contribute to budgetary goals through proper administration of projects/activities.


            • Relationships span levels internally and externally and center on partnering with Members and organizational partners.
            • Uses diplomatic skills to obtain trust and cooperation in order to resolve issues and/or non-routine matters, manage projects, or achieve appropriate solutions.
            • Represent the organization as a liaison to APA governance and other external coalitions and audiences with feedback provided to management.


              • Demonstrate a general knowledge of department processes, relationships, and responsibilities as well as the interactions within the organization.
              • Demonstrates through collaboration and communication how digital health policy intersects other departments work.


                • Coaches and mentors junior level staff in the department.
                • May have formal staff management responsibilities of 1-2 employees.


                  • BA/BS and at least 5-7 years of relevant experience and/or sufficient relevant work experience in digital health, public health, or public policy.
                  • Expert knowledge of the full spectrum of digital health practice, research, and policy issues and solutions in mental health, including electronic health records, telemedicine, mHealth, and artificial intelligence (including electronic clinical decision support).
                  • Expert knowledge of the HIT/EHR marketplace and the national HIT enterprise (e.g. ONC, Medicare EHR Incentive program, etc.)
                  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to positively represent the association to membership and professional groups.
                  • Experience with patient registries preferred.
                  • Hands-on experience implementing and using HIT preferred.

                    EOE, including disability/vets


Keywords: American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC , Deputy Director of Digital Health, Executive , Washington, DC

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