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Clinical Terminologist

Job ID 7018
Job Location Rockville - MD
Category Other
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

The Clinical Terminologist supports activities in the areas of natural language processing, vocabularies, and decision support toward creation and maintenance of the Indian Health Services (IHS), Health Information Technology Systems and Support (HITSS) Terminologies. This position evaluates, plans and executes efforts to extend the scope and quality of IHS terminologies.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Works and communicates with software engineers, clinical specialists, and product analysts in the identification of appropriate terminology standards and mapping of customer terminologies to these standards.


Works closely with natural language processing experts and engineers to develop information extraction methods.


Works closely with decision support experts and engineers to develop clinical decision support methods.


Addresses requests for terminology additions, as needed by customers, engineers and business owners.


Reviews updates to standardized terminologies and updates terminology content where needed.


Provides technical expertise in national and international terminology standards including: SNOMED, ICD-9, ICD-10, and other UMLS source vocabularies.


Maintains customer satisfaction through a combination of meeting performance objectives, frequent communications, and developing the relationship so that collaboration and consultative solutions-oriented approaches are possible.


Proactively manages changes in project scope, identifies potential crises, and assists with devising contingency plans.


Develops and delivers progress reports such as project metrics and project status. 


Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.



Bachelor's degree in a related field and a minimum of ten (10) years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Experience at a Healthcare Provider as a Practitioner is required. Federal Government environment preferred. Previous experience working with the Department of Health and Human Services especially with Food and Drug Administration is required. Experience implementing or understanding of Section 508 requirements is preferred.



Possesses or has the ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance



Strong knowledge in reviewing and interacting with an electronic medical record

Knowledge in standard coding vocabularies such as SNOMED, HL7, ICD-9, ICD-10 and other UMLS source vocabularies

Excellent communication skills

Attention to detail and precision, with a high value on quality

Excellent customer service skills

Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation)

Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

Detail-oriented with ability to manage multiple projects and priorities

Solid organizational skills relevant to carrying out day-to-day responsibilities

Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.