Clinical Application Architect

Highmark Health - Pittsburgh, PA (30+ days ago)3.2


Within area of expertise (application, solution, information, technology, business), designs, develops, implements, supports, and optimizes architecture strategy to meet business capabilities and needs. Ensures completeness of architecture by adequately addressing all the pertinent concerns of its stakeholders. Ensures integrity of architecture by connecting various views of stakeholders, reconciling conflicting concerns, and showing the trade-offs made in so doing. Considers practicality and fitness for purpose in determining architecture to develop. Leverage business and technology knowledge to enable and/or alter business processes, practices, organizations and systems. Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies and best in class industry business trends and practices.

1. Provide strategic consultation to business customers in defining or designing business processes, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing enabling technologies based on customer capability requirements. Facilitate development of enterprise business solutions that combine knowledge of particular business processes and issues, general technological options, and process facilitation techniques. Participate in enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, value cases and business innovation portfolio development

2. Specifies and designs large or complex systems, solutions, networks, infrastructure elements, or processes. Selects appropriate design standards, methods and tools and ensures that they are applied effectively. Reviews others’ system design to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Establishes policy for selection of architecture components. Evaluates and undertakes impact analysis on major design options. Ensures that the system architecture balances functional, service quality and systems management requirements

3. Uses appropriate tools, including models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of architectures. Produces detailed component requirements, specifications and translates these into detailed solutions/designs for implementation using selected products. Provides advice on technical aspects of system development, integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and processes. Ensures that relevant technical and business strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly

4. Selects and uses tools and methods to establish, clarify, and communicate the functional and non-functional requirements of system users, their characteristics, and tasks. Identifies the technical, organizational, and physical environment in which complex products or systems will operate. Identifies, proposes, initiates, and leads significant improvement programs, taking responsibility for the quality and appropriateness of the work performed and the realization of measurable business benefits. Modifies existing process improvement approaches and/or develops new approaches to achieving improvement

5. Ensures the resolution of a variety of architecture and business problems:

Communicates effectively will all levels of organization
Manages expectations of customers, partners and management
Participates in customer walkthroughs and plans; design and technical walkthroughs; and problem resolution and decision making
Interacts with departments across the organization as necessary, including the development and interpretation of complex requirements for peers and other staff
6. Maintains an in-depth knowledge of specific technical aspects in area of expertise and provides advice regarding their application. The area of specific expertise may be any aspect of information or communication technology, technique, method, process, product, or application area

7. Provides leadership in the areas of expertise and architecture to peers, developers, management and business users including technical expertise, coaching, and ad-hoc training by:

Preparing presentations on complex issues on the area of expertise
Presenting to their peers to ensure consistency to Highmark's strategic direction
8. Documents architecture, infrastructure, general layout of systems, technologies and frameworks

9. Other duties as assigned or requested


Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or related field*
5 - 7 years of experience in architecture, quality assurance, process management, process improvement
  • Grandfathered degree requirements effective July 2014

Master's Degree
Health Care industry IT knowledge
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
An Architect is not required to have experience in all of these, but is required to have those needed to support applications they are responsible for supporting. Current skill set are reviewed every other year, new skills may be required to meet changing business needs

Predesign documentation such as an environment impact or feasibility study
Methodical and logical approach
Communication and negotiation skills
Analytical skills
IT skills
Clinical application functionality and integration

Project Management Tools:
  • PMP
  • Agile
Is Travel Required?
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