Standards Specialist with Public Health Surveillance Subject Matter Expertise (Standards-PHS SME) (Full time)


Posting Date: May 17, 2024

Position Title: Standards Specialist with Public Health Surveillance Subject Matter Expertise (Standards-PHS SME) (Full time)

Department:  Connected Care, Canadian Standards Release Centre (CSRC)

Report to:  Senior Manager, SNOMED CT

Location: Montreal/Toronto or Remote


At Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) we believe a more connected and collaborative system is a healthier system, and we work with governments, health care organizations, clinicians and patients to make health care more digital. We’re working to ensure that everyone is able to access their personal health information, book appointments, get prescriptions, view lab test results and access other health services, online. We’re working with our partners to transform the health system because we know that digital in health can be as transformative as digital has been in other aspects of our lives. We’re an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

Continuing to improve Canadian health care necessitates work in interoperability — connected systems are healthier systems.  Connected care means a healthier Canada, and Infoway is committed to advancing interoperability. Harnessing data sharing will result in “connected care” and a modern health system for all Canadians. In support of the provinces and territories, Infoway is facilitating a national collaborative effort to advance interoperability using a collaborative development process.

Together with our jurisdictional, clinical, patient and industry partners we are committed to improving the health of Canadians by accelerating the development, adoption and effective use of innovative digital health solutions.

Why Join Us?

  • Be part of a high-profile, ambitious, and exciting pan-Canadian initiative that improves the health of populations and unlocks value for the health system
  • Work with a dynamic, multi-functional team of professionals dedicated and passionate about modernizing the health care system
  • Demonstrate your strong organizational, technical leadership skills in a fast-paced, innovative, and supportive environment
  • We take care of our employees

Position Purpose

Infoway is looking for an experienced Standards Specialist with Public Health Surveillance Subject Matter Expertise, to drive and support the CSRC standards development activities associated with the interoperability roadmap, the Public Health Surveillance Community, the Infoway Products as well as the pan-Canadian Standards implementations.

In addition to the above, we are looking for a Standards-PHS SME that will lead the Public Health Surveillance community meetings, to convene, discuss, determine, and ensure the proper SNOMED CT encoding of immunization related vaccines for use or recording in Canada.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provides general standards and reference terminology expertise, implementation support and guidance to stakeholder implementations on a variety of digital health standards, including but not limited to SNOMED CT, LOINC, and HL7 code systems and exchange standards (HL7 V2/v3, CDA and FHIR)
  • Develops or updates processes for requests for change to SNOMED CT CA for all approved vaccines for use in Canada and ensures vaccines from other countries are reflected in the vocabulary and appropriate subsets.
  • Adds, changes and removes SNOMED CT concepts and concept identifiers for different projects and for vaccine concepts in accordance with Infoway’s SNOMED CT RFC process and Canadian Editorial Guidelines
  • Ensures the Immunization and General Canadian Editorial Guidelines are up-to-date with latest guidance.
  • Reviews and QAs the publication of the Guidelines each CA Edition Release.
  • Proposes options or changes to comply with the SNOMED CT International and/or the Canadian Edition modeling.
  • Coordinates the publication and versioning of all active pan-Canadian subsets on the Terminology Gateway in English and French. Adds, changes and removes pan-Canadian subsets in accordance with existing Infoway defined processes.
  • Facilitates regular engagement with the community to review, monitor, and increase the participation in maintenance processes.
  • Leads the monthly meetings of the InfoCentral Public Health Surveillance community/work group to communicate the requests statuses, seeks support for confirming potential options, and provides guidance for the pan-Canadian SNOMED CT fully specified terms, preferred terms, and synonyms in English and French for vaccines approved for use in Canada and for vaccines approved for use abroad.
  • Owns and facilitates the relationships and governance with NACI, VVWG, Province and Territories, NVC and other stakeholders as required to strengthen the standards development lifecycle for all immunization related content in both official languages.
  • Supports the development, implementation, testing, training and maintenance of Infoway tools and collaborates to enhancing the internal suite of tools required to achieve daily NRC activities
  • Develops standards related deliverables to support the Interoperability Roadmap working closely with the Products Owners to ensure alignment of guidance and other materials, as required


  • Undergraduate Degree/ Diploma in Business Administration, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field
  • MBA or MSc is an asset
  • SNOMED CT Authoring Certification is an asset
  • Knowledge of the SNOMED CT model for vaccination, an asset
  • FHIR certification is an asset

Qualifications & Skills

  • Good working knowledge of SNOMED CT, LOINC, UCUM, ICD and HL7 code systems
  • Experience with standard terminologies, vocabularies and Canadian Immunization guidelines used in Public Health Surveillance
  • Significant experience working with standards development in complex enterprise information systems, ideally in the healthcare industry
  • 5+ years of experience in implementing and working with Reference Terminology Standards, minimum 5 years clinical experience in Canada, with a minimum of 3 years in Public Health
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well interpersonal skills and conflict management skills
  • Experience using specialized terminology management tools, such as InfoRMS
  • Knowledge and understanding of current clinical practice standards
  • Excellent problem-solving, adaptability, communication skills and strong attention to detail skills
  • Bilingual (English and French) is a definite asset
  • Team skills to work within a collaborative multi-functional team
  • Attention to detail, Analytical skills to identify gaps and deficiencies and develop solutions
  • Ability to travel 25% of the time

Our commitment

Infoway is committed to employing a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Infoway provides reasonable accommodations to employees as well as candidates taking part in the recruitment process, upon request.

We thank you for your interest in this opportunity at Infoway however, only those applicants who most closely meet the qualifications for this position will be contacted.

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