Health data analysts focus primarily on tools and strategies which support the clinical and financial operations of a company. They do this by operating analytics applications in the health care industry, usually from a desk in an office setting, and other responsibilities include entering patients' data, conducting data analyses, and formulating data into visual presentations to be interpreted by care providers.
Health data analysis is important for everything from billing to storing health records, and these analysts must always operate under strict confidentiality and security requirements as mandated by law. They work exclusively in an office setting and rarely anywhere else, and they must be able to work well under high pressure, as the data for which they are responsible can directly or indirectly impact patients. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels of staff are important in this position, and there is also a range of technical requirements. Health data analysts must have in-depth computer literacy and experience using databases and analytical software, and they must also be able to communicate information to all levels of interested parties from various technical backgrounds.
Health data analysts typically work during regular business hours, and overtime is not necessarily required for this position. A bachelor's degree and prior experience in the field are generally required by employers, and experience with database development and a variety of computer languages is highly beneficial.
Health Data Analyst Tasks
Provide solutions to community health and social problems by conducting and analyzing research.
May conduct site visits to assess operations and costs of health care programs.
Prepare policy briefs, reports, public hearing testimonies, presentations, and petitions.
Work with policy makers to implement solutions.