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Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) Specialist in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 3/1/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The ELR Specialist will support several key electronic laboratory reporting activities, including processing, standardizing and routing electronic lab reports, managing Rhapsody routes and configurations, managing database applications used by disease surveillance staff, monitoring ELR activity/volume and assessment of reporting standards. This is a rare opportunity for a bright and motivated individual to gain valuable work experience in a major urban health department. This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, and may require occasional availability after-hours to support Program activities. This position reports to the lead Informatician.


  • Evaluate incoming messages for HL7 meaningful-use compliance
  • Develop and maintain Rhapsody routes for message processing
  • Develop and maintain message mappers to standardize data and convert data standards where appropriate
  • Generating reports to monitor ELR volume
  • Assist with monitoring and managing servers hosting division applications (e.g. Rhapsody, database applications, SAS, web services, SFTP), including system upgrades and security updates
  • Monitor and manage movement of data from initial report through import to one of several web-based database applications
  • Facilitate data transfers between Philadelphia surveillance systems and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania surveillance system.
  • Participating in emergency preparedness activities at the discretion of the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Manager
  • Other duties as assigned by Epidemiology/Informatics leadership and the Division Director


  • Applicants should have working knowledge of web-based database applications, SQL and JavaScript. Familiarity with SAS, or other data analysis software is desired, but not required.
  • This position requires attention to detail, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to learn new skills quickly. Candidates should have excellent English language skills, including composition and grammar.


  • This is an entry level position and does not require previous experience, however exposure to HL7 standards, electronic reporting and local health department practices and procedures is desirable.

Education Requirement:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a science oriented field from an accredited college or university with an interest in public health or informatics.


  • Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications

To Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to attention Robbie Madera at