• Duke Health
  • Durham, NC, USA
  • Apr 03, 2020

Job Description

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.


Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.


In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.


This is a First Shift position, 8 hour shift, working every fourth weekend and must have flexibility with their schedule.  



General Description of the Job Class

To support Duke University Health System and the Duke Heart Center by ensuring that electrocardiograms performed within Duke University Health System are diagnostically valuable.  This vital task involves maintaining patient information using the computerized ECG system, creating preliminary interpretations for each ECG, alerting Cardiology Faculty ECG Readers about ECG findings that are potentially dangerous for patients, ensuring that ECGs are correlated with electronic orders, and communicating with ECG technicians to improve and maintain the quality of ECGs.



Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

To operate data processing equipment to enter and retrieve a variety of patient data; to edit data to ensure consistency and accuracy

To interpret ECGs and to enter preliminary interpretations into the computerized database.

To alert Cardiology Faculty ECG Readers about ECG findings that are potentially dangerous for patients.

To achieve Quality Improvement:  The Editors will work in concert with the Clinical Operations Supervisor of the EKG Support Unit to achieve and maintain excellence in the quality of ECG recordings.  The Editors will recognize and when possible correct errors involved with ECG recording, analysis and storage—including misidentification of patients, incorrect lead placement (including limb lead reversals), technically poor tracings, incorrect diagnoses, and incorrect reasons for obtaining the ECG. 

To interact with hospital information systems to ensure that confirmed ECGs are entered properly into the electronic medical record system.

To interface with ECG and electronic medical record databases to locate and retrieve lost information.

To perform routine database checks for the computer system, and to report system malfunctions to appropriate service personnel.

To compile and distribute ECG tracings, reports and other data as required, using Epic, copier and fax technologies.

To communicate with technical staff regarding issues of ECG quality and patient safety, and to assist in the resolution of problems.

To recommend and implement new standards, procedures and techniques to improve existing diagnostic methods.

To communicate with physicians, research personnel and staff regarding problem resolution and advice pertinent to ECG procedures, techniques and equipment.

To interface with departmental personnel to solve problems concerning patient care, departmental policy and treatment procedures relating to electrocardiogram.

To assist in the training of new personnel.

To perform other duties as requested by EKG Support Unit Supervisors or Medical Directors.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.



Required Qualifications at this Level


High School graduate or GED.


Minimum of two years as an ECG Technician II or related ECG experience with competence deemed sufficient by the Clinical Operations Supervisor and Medical Directors of the EKG Support Unit.


Minimum of 1 year of reading ECGs under the supervision of current ECG Editors and EKG Support Unit Medical Directors.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Successful completion:

1) Duke ECG Certification by the EKG Support Unit Medical 

    Directors within one year of being hired as an ECG Editor.

2) Basic 12-Lead class

3) Dysrhythmia class

4) Pacemaker class

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to interpret ECGs and to use computer equipment to enter interpretations into an ECG database.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.  Working knowledge of the relevant anatomy and physiology integral to the generation and recording of the ECG.  Ability to work under pressure, multitask and to accept responsibility for quality and accuracy.



Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level

Lead Role

- Primary reading of ECGs

- Training new staff members

- Quality Control

- In-services

- Trouble-shooting


The intent of this Job Description is to delineate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of ECG Editors.  This Job Description shall not be construed as a declaration of the entirety of the specific duties and responsibilities of ECG Editors.  ECG Editors may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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