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Senior HL-7 Interface Engineer

Apply now Job No: 494890
Local Title: Senior HL-7 Interface Engineer
Budget Title: Supervising Programmer/Analyst
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Management and Professional, Information Technology


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Information Services at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Senior HL-7 Interface Engineer. The successful candidate will:

  • Perform analysis and design integration mapping to accomplish successful integration between multiple systems within and outside of the enterprise using appropriate HL-7 and XML standards and integration tools.
  • Investigate, troubleshoot, and resolve interface issues in Cerner Open Link/Open Engine, Allscripts eLink, ISS, and various clinical, financial, and other applications.
  • Develop and support HL-7 interfaces for multiple ancillary systems, insurance, and regulatory agency data exchanges.
  • Provide strong technical expertise in Interface development and support around HL-7, CCD/CCDA, and Direct Secure Messaging.
  • Perform conversion and code old custom interface programs to integrate them in the Interface Engine.
  • Produce, update and maintain detailed interface technical documentations.
  • Work closely with other developers and management on HL-7 development and deployment issues.
  • Develop, build, and testing of new interfaces using HL-7 standards and other proprietary interface models with Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager EMR, various ancillary systems, and vendors.
  • Refer integration problems as required to vendors.
  • Identify new features and capabilities to enhance system usability, HIE expansion, and user adoption.
  • Sustain integrity of integration systems through application updates and upgrades; review release notes, determine the impact on downstream systems, make necessary configuration changes and perform integrated testing.
  • Mentor, train, and supervise interface analysts.
  • Assist with maintenance of integration infrastructure including routine support, upgrades, problem diagnosis, and performance tuning.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science, Business, Engineering
    • OR a related business degree combined with 7+ years of experience in a similar role in a healthcare technology department.  
  • 7+ years of experience in interface development and support within a healthcare environment.
  • 4+ years of experience working with the Cerner Open Link or Open Engine or similar interface engine.
  • 2+ years of experience working with the Allscripts eLink and ISS interface engines or similar interface engines.
  • Expertise in the conversion of old custom interface programs to Main Interface Engine. 
  • Experienced in the development and support of HL-7 interfaces for multiple ancillary systems, insurance, and regulatory agencies for data exchange.
  • Experience with HL-7 interface design and development with practical experience implementing projects.
  • Proven experience with building and maintaining Document, ADT, Orders, Result, Dictation, Scheduling, Dictionary, Charge, and Conversion Interfaces. Hands-on experience working with HL-7 message types such as ADT OBX and ORM.
  • Proficiency with HL-7; hands-on experience in Perl/CCL/Java and MS SQL Server.
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python, .NET, C#, Unix, SQL, Oracle, or other scripting languages.
  • HL-7 Data Conversion Mapping and SSIS package knowledge is desirable.
  • Experience and familiarity with healthcare provider platforms and technologies.
  • Consultative approach to solving complex integration problems;  ability to see the big picture and recommend strategies based on a detailed understanding of the current state as well as future direction.
  • Supervisory and mentoring skills to manage the work of analysts. 
  • Experience with all phases of the software development lifecycle (requirement, design, development, testing, deployment, support).
  • Strong analytical and communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Integration experience with Cerner Open Link/Open Engine, Allscripts eLink, and ISS. Expertise in Perl script programming.
  • HL-7 Certification.
  • Working experience with Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager or other EMR, Cerner Siemens Eagle, Lab, radiology, cardiology, and other healthcare ancillary systems. 

Work Schedule:

Monday to Friday; 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


An Approved COVID-19 Vaccination

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.


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