Deputy Director of Digital Health
Company: American Psychiatric Association
Posted on: February 10, 2024
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
- 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
- The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
- The American Medical Association's Digital Health
- Health Level Seven International (HL7)
- The American Telemedicine Association
- Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)
- SNOMED CT International Codes Organization
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
- The Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL)
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
- 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
- Serve as liaison to APA's digital health commercial interests
and vendors, including, but not limited to:
- those pertaining to electronic clinical decision
- 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
- 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
- working with chairs to develop agenda
- developing/editing timetables for activities and
- scheduling conference calls and meetings at national
- moderating or otherwise participating in various
- recording and distributing meeting minutes
- working with APA Administration to otherwise publish or
disseminate through relevant communications channels the work of
- develop cross-collaborative initiatives between all components
related to digital health
- Develop and project manage APA App Advisor Expert
- Initiate and contribute to research efforts within psychiatric
- 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.
- 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
- Resources to aid the small practice psychiatrist in
understanding and selecting technology solutions for their
- Oversee the iterative development of online materials,
including the Telepsychiatry Toolkit, Telepsychiatry blog, Psych
News and other journalism outlets, social media posts, and email
- Coordinate closely with marketing and communications colleagues
to ensure timely dissemination of information for APA members'
- 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
- Success is frequently measured by metric associated with
completing a functional set of department or program projects or
initiatives demonstrating defined organizational work environment
COMPLEXITY, PROBLEM SOLVING & DECISION-MAKING
- 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
- Recognizes complex problems and escalates them to the
- May contribute to budgetary goals through proper administration
RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT & AUTHORITY
- 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
- 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
- May have formal staff management responsibilities of 1-2
Qualifications REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS
- 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
- Expert knowledge of the HIT/EHR marketplace and the national
HIT enterprise (e.g. ONC, Medicare EHR Incentive program,
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to
positively represent the association to membership and professional
- 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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