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Clinical Informatics Analyst

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Summary

Organize and ensure the security of patient files.

What does a Clinical Informatics Analyst do?

The world of health is also a world of data. Every patient leaves a mile-long paper trail of medical history, test results, and insurance information, and it’s up to a Clinical Informatics Analyst to manage those mountains of info.

The work of a Clinical Informatics Analyst is similar to that of an Air Traffic Controller. Instead of directing planes safely to the runway, however, the Clinical Informatics Analyst directs data into a secure, yet easy-to-use, system. Data may come from external or internal sources – your company being the internal source and a third party Doctor being the external. As a Clinical Informatics Analyst, you develop policies for safely collecting and storing the data.

Protecting patient data is the heart of your systems. Computer databases and documents must shield personal information from those unauthorized to see it, as required by HIPAA policies that all medical professionals must follow.

To do that, you identify what information should be stored and arrange it through data mapping in programs like Microsoft Access. This shows how all the data links to the rest of the data the clinic or hospital collects. Records might link together by patient ID number, for example.

After building the system, you maintain it and update it as necessary. You also type out all the documents that report how your system works. Down the road, if an IT Technician needs to work on your system, she needs to know how it runs. You keep your company organized, all inside a locked virtual filing cabinet.