Privacy Specialist, Information Access & Privacy
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Royal Jubilee Hospital Victoria, BC, CA
12d ago
  • In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at VIHA;
  • as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

    Reporting to the Manager, Information Access & Privacy (IAP), the Privacy Specialist (the Specialist) is a subject matter expert, IAP risk and trend evaluator and program leader in interpreting and applying information access, privacy legislation, standards and principles in a complex hybrid electronic information and technical healthcare environment.

    The Specialist is responsible for leading components of and participating in the development, implementation, evaluation and evolution of a comprehensive IAP program within Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).

    This includes the development of corporate policies, procedures and guidance tools to build accountable information stewardship and privacy conscious practices that enhance the delivery of quality patient care and services within a complex eHealth environment.

    The Specialist assists the Manager and Director by providing leadership, guidance, innovative design and coordination in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives that evolve the core IAP operations of information access, privacy analysis and consultation, information governance, legislative compliance, privacy breach management, risk prevention, monitoring and education.

    This is accomplished in alignment with privacy and information governance best practices, VIHA's strategic priorities, evolving national, provincial and local eHealth initiatives and conformance standards, policy and legislation.

    The Specialist represents the Director and VIHA in provincial and local committees, working groups and activities.


    Education, Training And Experience

    A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Health Information Science, Information Management, Health Administration or related field with evidence of continuing professional development in the area of information privacy and information management plus five (5) years' recent related experience in area of expertise including a minimum of three (3) years at a strategic privacy leadership level.

    Skills And Abilities

  • Advanced understanding of information access, privacy, governance and eHealth practices and trends, related legislation and requirements, provincial eHealth and clinical information systems.
  • Solid understanding of information security principles and controls to support privacy risk identification in electronic systems.
  • Ability to problem-solve with a global perspective in order to incorporate the organization's systems and strategies when developing viable solutions to problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships with a variety of stakeholders while exercising maturity, tact, confidentiality and discretion.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the capability of providing leadership to a diverse team and interacting comfortably with a variety of disciplines at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with the ability to write or edit high quality business documents.
  • High degree of proficiency with standard MS Office suite and advanced features of office computer applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, MS Project, Visio and other Graphics software.
  • Ability and experience in the development, maintenance and use of databases, websites and communication tools such as Sharepoint.
  • Ability to function effectively in a highly dynamic environment, including working under pressure, adapting and responding to changing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated superior organizational, time management, listening and recording skills.
  • Strong presentation, facilitating, interviewing and negotiating skills;
  • Ability to use related equipment including HR information systems, word processing, spreadsheet, database and internet tools;
  • Familiarity with basic project management methodologies and tools;
  • Use of a personal vehicle to travel between multiple sites;
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • LEADS COMPETENCIES - Leadership Level 1

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