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#106430 Cardiovascular QAPI Specialist

Filing Deadline: Wed 11/25/2020

This position has been changed from an internal UCSD posting to external as of 11/12/2020. All applicants are welcome to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/29/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/02/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Cardiovascular Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Specialist will participate in planning and implementing systematic processes to improve the quality and safety of patient care at UC San Diego Health Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). The specialist operates within the Cardiovascular Outcomes Group (CVOG) and collaborates with clinical, operational, and quality leaders to explore disruptive innovation in support of the CVI’s strategic goal of highest clinical quality. Responsibilities include:

Data management: Is responsible for the management and analysis of data, including validation of abstracted data and performance of inter-rater reliability testing. Develops databases, spreadsheets, and statistical tools to identify improvement opportunities. Benchmarks key performance indicators against regional, national, and like group metrics. Works with IS resources to build reports and queries, develop a concurrent Tableau dashboard, develop and test automated data feeds from EPIC into cardiovascular registry software, and optimize EPIC utilization.

Communicates and collaborates with faculty and staff in support of data integrity and internal transparency. Serves as the local expert for registry definitions and related national guidelines/expert consensus statements in area of specialty. Manages information required for external data submission for the purpose of obtaining and/or maintaining regulatory compliance, certifications and/or payer obligations.

Performance Improvement: Develops processes that support clinical outcomes data and quality indicators with a focus on data integrity and validity for registry and quality reporting. Utilizes medical records, evidence based/best practices, and analysis of patient outcomes for planning, implementing, and measuring process changes. Collaborates with the CVOG Director, faculty, and nursing leadership to develop solutions for clinical opportunities.

Uses performance improvement tools to lead and/or facilitate multi-disciplinary performance improvement initiatives, teams, and/or task forces to address complex QAPI opportunities and maintains associated records. Supports unit-based nursing quality councils and regional or UCOP QAPI initiatives as directed. Serves as a QAPI resource for clinical leadership and staff.

Patient Safety: Conducts a review of and tracks cardiovascular patient safety events and adverse clinical outcomes. Participates in organizational safety activities and committees. Facilitates program M&M and/or QAPI conferences.


  • Bachelor's Degree in nursing (BSN) or other healthcare profession; or a combination of comparable clinical education and/or experience.

  • Three (3+) or more years of clinical experience, two of which must be in a cardiac telemetry or more clinically complex cardiovascular care setting (i.e. cardiovascular procedural areas, IMU, or ICU).

  • Data analysis, process improvement and/or project management experience, preferably at an academic medical center.


  • Master’s Degree in information systems, healthcare administration, or nursing.
  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.
  • Cardiovascular clinical experience in an ICU or procedural area such as cardiac electrophysiology or interventional cardiology.
  • Experience with QAPI methodologies, clinical chart review and abstraction, and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification.
  • Tableau experience.
  • EPIC reporting experience and/or certification.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs. Frequent travel between UC San Diego Health campuses within San Diego County.
  • Less than 10% travel expected outside of San Diego County. Must have a current California Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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