ECRI Institute - Plymouth Meeting, PA3.5

Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS)


Develops, implements, and maintains the Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS) in a scientifically valid, timely, and efficient manner to support overall institutional objectives and requirements

Provides technical support for medical device terminology as needed to other ECRI groups. Supports nomenclature related projects with other organizations, e.g., National Library of Medicine (NLM), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statements(s)
  • Ensures scope of UMDNS meets needs of internal and external stakeholders. Creates medical device terminology to extend the scope of current UMDNS.

  • Establishes a hierarchical structure for new terms and modifies the current hierarchical structure when needed. Introduce and/or verify synonyms and appropriate cross-references.

  • Creates and maintains mappings between UMDNS and other terminologies.

  • Reviews requests from internal and external clients to create, modify, or delete UMDNS terms. Develops proposals accordingly.
  • Provides uniform, concise, and technically sound definitions for new devices, establishing appropriate relationships with existing terms. Clarifies and updates the definitions of the current terminology according to technological advances, modifications, and changes in the use of the device.

  • Writes proposals or expedited proposals for placeholder terms (existing requests) including definitions, cross-references and manufacturers.
  • Meets regularly with UMDNS Manager and Director of the HTA/EPC Information Center to set priorities.
  • Consults with, seeks input from, and incorporates feedback from technology experts within ECRI Institute when developing new terms and new categories.
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical or health informatics, post-graduate degree in informatics preferred.
  • Requirements: Familiarity with principles of taxonomy and ontology development and maintenance. Experience with common programming/scripting languages (SQL, XML) and platforms. Proficient in online research. Excellent organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and work with multidisciplinary staff.
  • Background in clinical engineering and/or life sciences desired; fluency in foreign language a plus. Experience with Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and associated tools preferred but not required.

N (Not Applicable)

Activity is not applicable to this position.

O (Occasionally)

Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)

F (Frequently)

Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly)

Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Please change letter assigned to each physical demand to reflect job:

Physical Demands


O Lift/Carry


F 10 lbs or less O


C 11-20 lbs N

Manually Manipulate

C 21-50 lbs N


O 51-100 lbs N

Reach Outward

O Over 100 lbs N

Reach Above Shoulder



C Push/Pull


N 12 lbs or less N


N 13-25 lbs N

Squat or Kneel

N 26-40 lbs N


N 41-100 lbs N

Other Physical Requirements
  • Vision (Near)

Typical Office Environment

Equal Opportunity Employer-Disability and Veteran