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Job Number: 5468
Organization: Tarrant County
Posted: 10/17/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Information Systems
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Fort Worth,  TX    USA
Compensation: $2,586.20 - $2,844.82 Biweekly
Position Description: THE POSITION

The Syndromic Surveillance Data Systems Coordinator will provide technical expertise, oversight and administration of the TCPH disease outbreak surveillance applications and interface engines including ESSENCE and MIRTH. This position includes the ability to work with senior-level employees and interfaces with outside entities such as universities, hospitals, healthcare facilities, local and state public health agencies, and the Center for Disease Control as it pertains to the administration of the above systems.


1.Oversees all aspects of the technical administration of multiple Microsoft servers, databases, and web portals in support of the test and production systems of ESSENCE and MIRTH, Public Health's syndromic surveillance systems.

2.Develops and implements the upgrade and migration plans for TCPH's syndromic surveillance systems including network and server capacity as well as interface requirements.

3.Maps and configures newly required meaningful use data fields for meaningful use readiness the latest version of ESSENCE.

4.Develops Mirth channels, the interface engine TCPH uses to support its syndromic surveillance regional network.

5.Investigates and interprets the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Messaging Guide concerning the implementation of newly required meaningful use data fields for stage 2 and stage 3 meaningful use readiness.

6.Administers, configures, and monitors the performance of MIRTH.

7.Creates and develops backups for legacy systems prior to migration to new systems.

8.Interfaces and coordinates with Systems Administrators in support of database connectivity needs and web interfaces.

9.Performs all other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Public Health, Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Management, Healthcare Administration, or other systems disciplines. Full time experience in database administration, software support and/or programming may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for educational requirement.

Two (2) full-time years of computer information systems experience is required.

Experience with meaningful use compliance and healthcare information systems preferred, especially those involved in meeting public health meaningful use reporting criteria including public health case reporting and/or bio surveillance use cases.

Broad experience preferred in IT, public health, stakeholder engagement, and communication disciplines.

Applicant must have good oral and written communication skills and good organizational skills.

Applicant must be able to use independent judgment in completing activities and to operate under general supervision.

Knowledge of relational database design and management.

High-level computer programming languages such as Visual Basic, Structured Query Language (SQL), Visual Studio, and Access.

Knowledge of local area networks, wide area networks, and virtual private networks.

Intermediate to advanced skills in core business software, such as Microsoft Office, including presentation, spreadsheet, and other applications.

Knowledge of HL7 interfaces development and maintenance. Knowledge of healthcare programs in which IT plays a major role (e.g. Meaningful Use, Patient-Centered Medical Home, PQRS).

Knowledge of clinical terminology and coding standards such as ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT, LOINC, and SNOMED.

Ability to work independently and complete projects on time.

Preferred exposure to or knowledge of HIPAA requirements.

Applicant must have the desire and skill to work in a collaborative team environment.

If hired, must provide proof of educational attainment at new hire processing

Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications since the age of seventeen (17) and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records, and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually. Incumbent must hold a valid Driver's License or State Issued ID card.


While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to bend, carry, climb stairs, grasp/squeeze, use hand tools, hear, keyboard, kneel, lift below the waist, lift between waist and shoulder, lift overhead, lift to the side/twist, tolerate noise, pull, push, reach, reach overhead, perform repetitive tasks, see color, see far and near, sit, squat, stand, stoop, talk, use his/her hands, drive a vehicle, walk, work alone and with others, and work overtime.

Organization Description: Tarrant County is an urban county located in the north central part of Texas. Fort Worth serves as the county seat to a county population of approximately 1.4 million citizens. Tarrant County is a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Today, much of the flavor and attitudes that are the history of Tarrant County live on. The frontier has changed, but not the pioneering spirit. Tarrant County is now home to a diverse spectrum of businesses and lifestyles. Cattle and agriculture, as well as aerospace companies and defense contractors, play a major role in the economic foundation of the County. Tarrant County's western heritage sits side by side with its internationally renowned Cultural District. With such a diverse mix of styles, there is never a lack of things to do and see. We hope you will take the time to enjoy our heritage and join us in our pioneering spirit. Tarrant County has changed dramatically over the past few years. Once dependent on defense plants and its military base, Tarrant County's economy has been transformed into one of the most vibrant and diverse in the nation and is leading the regional resurgence in business relocations and expansions, retail development and new housing construction. Once tied to the oil rigs and cattle ranches of west Texas, Tarrant County's businesses today reach around the globe and the County's commercial and industrial airports are among the country's foremost international gateways.

Closing Date: 1/19/2018
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Contact Location: 100 E. Weatherford

Fort Worth   TX  76196
Contact Location: 100 E. Weatherford
  Fort Worth   TX  76196
Contact Phone: 817-884-1125 
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