Job Profile: Healthcare Data Scientist or Informatics Analyst

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23 January 2017
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Healthcare Data Scientists are tasked with getting the most from digital information storage and retrieval. They may access information necessary for decision making and analyzing information. They may be involved in the designing of new systems to store healthcare information, and they may participate in the development and documentation of data-acquisition policies. Healthcare Data Scientists may also use their skills to identify fraud, waste and abuse in the healthcare system; or to find efficiencies in healthcare delivery. Other analysts offer insight into healthcare utilization and trends among demographic groups or those with chronic conditions.

Common requirements of healthcare informatics analysts include:

  • Analyzing external data definitions, documentation and mapping process
  • Perform a QA functions for data integration processes and repository metrics
  • Documenting data needs and metric definitions
  • Validating data load processes
  • Validating the quality of data loaded into data repositories
  • Adhering to HIPAA policies and procedures for maintaining, storing, mapping and analyzing medical information and data
  • Coordinating the security of data with information security teams in accordance with HIPAA
  • Expertise in SAS, Access and Excel
  • Expertise in Business Objects and SQL
  • Ability to generate insights and tell the story behind the data.
  • Healthcare informatics analysts often interact with internal or external stakeholders to communicate actionable insights on healthcare data

Educational Requirements of Healthcare Data Scientists

There is not a set of standard educational requirements that are absolutely necessary to enter the field. A degree in healthcare informatics or healthcare information technology provides a solid foundation; however, not all healthcare analysts hold a degree in these specific fields. Almost all, however, hold some degree relating to business, psychology, statistics, mathematics or economics. Others, especially in advanced analytics positions and management, hold advanced degrees in statistics, public health, healthcare administration or business administration.  Some professionals got their starts as financial analysts, database administrators, systems analysts, or systems managers.

Job and Salary Outlook

Thanks to the rapid pace of change in the U.S. healthcare system over the last several years, the demand for healthcare data scientists and data analysts is growing steadily. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field will grow by 27 percent between now and 2022.

According to Indeed, the average national salary for healthcare informatics analysts is $90,000.  Their data shows a steady uptick in salaries over the last several years, with some signs of plateauing. It is important to remember, however, that Indeed’s data comes only from the jobs posted on their website, so it is not always an accurate reflection of the market.  Individual salaries always depend upon the company, the responsibilities of the position, the experience of the candidate, and the geographic location.

Where to Find Healthcare Informatics Analyst Jobs

Recruiting for Healthcare Analytics positions is one of the focus areas of our firm. We work closely with our talent to match highly skilled professionals with opportunities that will allow them to utilize those skills and achieve their career goals.  Please contact us to learn more about healthcare data scientists and informatics positions and OnBoard’s commitment to the success of our talent network.

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