Medication Safety Contest
Job description for a medication safety practitioner
Allina Health System
Title: Project Manager for Patient Safety Initiatives at
Allina Health System
Department: Quality Measurement and Analysis
- Manage and coordinate projects in data collection and
analysis on patient safety-related medical error measurement
and improvement. Specific tasks include organizing projects
to collect data and encourage reporting of medical errors
within Allina for patient safety improvement purposes.
- Involvement in the Division Medication Safety Task Force
which coordinates division medication safety initiatives
and identifies and acts on opportunities for improvement.
- Involvement in the Culture Task Group to oversee and drive
initiatives related to creating a blame-resistant culture
for medical error reporting.
- Coordinate and track projects and initiatives throughout
the Allina Health System related to patient safety and reduction
of medical errors.
- Project management to insure timely completion of reports,
identifying data sources and collecting data for established
patient safety quality measures, assisting with data analysis,
documenting and tracking data specifications, and facilitating
- Assist in designing data reports and displays (tabular,
graphic, and other formats) for various Allina and external
- Assist in the development of data collection tools (e.g.,
surveys, chart abstraction forms) and manage data collection
related to these tools for patient safety projects.
- Gather data from internal and external (local, state,
national) data sources to establish benchmarks and gather
information on lessons learned from patient safety initiatives
throughout the country that can apply to Allina.
- Represent Allina's corporate quality measurement function
in a variety if internal and external meetings.
- Person must combine strong quantitative skills and disciplined
task management capabilities with high levels of interpersonal
skills and diplomacy to be able to function effectively
within sometimes ambiguous environments and emerging roles.
Interfacing with clinicians, senior management, and other
staff requires substantial flexibility.
- Masters degree in public health, epidemiology, health
services research, or related field desired. Bachelors degree
with appropriate knowledge, experience and skills will also
- Experience in collecting, managing, and analyzing health
care related data.
- Experience in utilizing data for continuous quality improvement.
- Excellent computer literacy with significant experience
in word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics programs
(Word, Excel, Access). Experience with statistical software
(SPSS, SAS) a plus.
- Excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in health care desired.