What Does A Clinical Informatics Data Analyst Do, Exactly?

Ever read a job title and wonder, “What does a _______ do all day, exactly?  The University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC) has put together a comprehensive list of Healthcare IT industry job descriptions, and has graciously offered to share them with our Healthcare IT Today readers – thanks UIC!


The Clinical Informatics Data Analyst will work independently to document external data acquisition policies and procedures as well as interface with other business units to define and document data needs and ad-hoc analysis requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists with analysis of external data definitions documentation and mapping process
  • Performs a QA function for the data integration processes and repository metrics
  • Collaborates with other staff to document data needs and metric definitions
  • Validates data load processes and the quality of the data loaded into clinical data repositories
  • Responsible for maintaining, storing, mapping and analyzing medical, lab and any other health data in compliance with HIPAA policies and procedures
  • Coordinates with LAN and IT Security teams in order to utilize PGP encryption software and File Transfer Protocols to make medical claims transactions HIPAA compliant
  • Uses software such as SAS, Access, and Excel to provide data mapping for medical claims integration using BusinessObjects, and SQL


BA, BS degree preferred; Experience working with medical, lab, and other health data, mapping of ICD-9, CPT codes appropriately; PC skills: Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SAS, Access and Excel; Must be an independent, detailed-oriented individual with excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills; Able to handle multiple tasks, problem solving and troubleshooting; Able to play a leadership role in creating process documentation and interfacing with other team members to obtain this information.

Any Clinical Informatics Data Analysts out there willing to weigh in and add your personal touch to the job description?

About the author


Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.