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Health Outcomes Analyst

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Summary

Study the success rate of medical treatments.

What does a Health Outcomes Analyst do?

Before patients submit to a procedure, they often ask, “Does this really work?” If the intrepid Doctor assures the patient, performs the intervention, and submits the bill to the insurance company, the questions begin again. The Adjuster asks, “Why did you use this test when another might be cheaper?”

In this scenario, a Health Outcomes Analyst is the Doctor’s best friend. The Health Outcomes Analyst performs detailed research on the effectiveness of medical procedures and practices.

As a Health Outcomes Analyst, you need data. This means you maintain close relationships with Doctors, Nurses, Scientists, Pharmacists, and other medical professionals who feed you information about the topic you need to study. With this data in hand, you use a variety of computer programs and mathematical models to sort the information and make sense of it. Then, you write reports with colorful charts that depict what you’ve found.

The topics you research can be quite varied. One month, you might study how well one particular vaccine works to combat the flu when compared to another vaccine. The next month, you might study how shorter appointment times might impact a practitioner’s ability to accurately treat a condition like the common cold. You might work for a hospital or medical clinic, influencing policy on a local level, or you might work for a large legislative organization, helping to craft rules that thousands will follow.

No matter where you work, though, confidentiality is key. Medical information is sensitive and must be protected, so you might never be able to take your work home with you or chat up the details over coffee with friends.

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