The Medical Technologist serves as the Ancillary Testing Coordinator (ATC) for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS). Ancillary testing is defined as laboratory testing or services within a VA Medical Center or its outreach functions at the El Paso, TX and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) that is performed outside the physical facilities of the main clinical laboratory. As the A TC the incumbent serves as the technical advisor to all ancillary testing sites and as the principle coordinator for Chief, P&LMS, who is the compliance officer for all ancillary testing sites to ensure that requirements of accrediting and regulatory agencies are met. The incumbent maintains adequate technical skills to work irregular tours in Chemistry, Urinalysis, Hematology, and/or Serology for service coverage when needed. The incumbent develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall hospital information system (HIS). Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. ANCILLARY TESTING COORDINATOR: Acts as the technical supervisor for quality control, records control, proficiency testing, inspection and accreditation for ancillary testing on a hospital-wide basis and oversees the safe and accurate testing of outreach function patients in the clinic. Develops a documentation plan for all ancillary testing sites as part of a CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) effect. Coordinates with the Office of the Chief of Staff, the identification of the type and location of all ancillary testing sites including bedside testing sites and their designated directors within the medical center. Coordinates with the Chiefs of all clinical services that have ancillary testing sites, annual estimate on the number and types of ancillary testing analyzers and methods that are used in these laboratories. Updates the list each time new methods and/or instruments are added or deleted. Assesses data needed, designs data collection procedures, identifies quality assurance monitors and indicators, and reviews all data analyzed with the Chief of service. Performs statistical analysis (variations, standard deviation, trend analysis) on quality control and quality assurance data collected to identify, document, and take corrective action. Serves as a number of the Ancillary Testing Committee. Implements and monitors protocols established in M-2, part VI, chapter 10, "Ancillary Testing", for quality control, quality assurance, proficiency testing, linearity, instrument maintenance, and user competency for all testing. Assures compliance with the following patient test management requirements: a) detailed written or electronic test requisitions; b) a recording system for specimens submitted that documents each step in processing and testing patient specimens; c) adequate systems to report test results in a timely, accurate, and reliable manner; and d) adequate systems governing the maintenance, timing, and storage of test reports. Assures that all ancillary testing performed in the Medial Center is in full compliance with Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and VHA Handbook 1106.1, requirements for safety and quality assurance. Develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the LIS or the HIS. Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording systems. Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. Advise all organizational levels on various aspects of the functions and capabilities of the information system. Serves as a recognized expert to provide authoritative advice and consultation on the information system. Serves as the local expert for national software developers for alpha or beta testing of software packages. Carries out day-to-day operations related to laboratory computer use. GENERAL: The incumbent insures that current mandatory hours of continuing education, training modules and additional education hours required by facility are complete. Serves as mentor and trainer for new staff members and students from affiliated training programs on areas of expertise. Serves as the subject matter expert on assigned Sections within P&LMS for the facility. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 0600 - 1445, 0700-1545, 0800 - 1645 (Weekends, holidays, or overtime as needed) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598298700
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.