Health Information Technologies and Processes

Career Move to Data Analyst

  • 1.  Career Move to Data Analyst

    Posted 11-06-2019 17:47
    Good Afternoon,

    I have been working for the last four years as an applications systems analyst. I am considering a career change to a data analyst position for a state public health department that would involve some software support but would also involve data analyzing and compiling statistical reports. Software support is something I'm very comfortable with but data analysis would be a new realm. I am seeing a lot of jobs in data analysis for HIM professionals and would love some insight on whether this career path is right for me. I am looking for some insight from HIM professionals that work as a data analyst. What skills do you find most useful in your job and what do you do in you day-to-day job? Thanks in advance for any responses.


    Sarah R. Keppen RHIA
    Applications Analyst
    Facilitator Certification Exam Prep Community
    2016 Chair Engage Advisory Committee

  • 2.  RE: Career Move to Data Analyst

    Posted 02-07-2020 08:24
    Hi Sarah:
    I hope you made the jump to data analytics.  It is an interesting and challenging aspect of HIM.   In my experience, the most important characteristics of a data analyst are imagination, curiosity, patience, problem-solving and a thirst for knowledge and understanding.  You must know (learn) your data sources, where the data come from, how the data elements are defined and organized, and the credibility and reliability of each element   You must learn the tools that are available to you to access and manipulate the data, and produce reports.  You must take the time to "play" with the data to really get to know the data and what it can tell you.  A solid foundation in descriptive and predictive statistics is also extremely helpful.  You need to be very aware of the environment that you are working in.  Currently, I am working in CDI, the job you are looking it is in public/community health.  Learn everything you can about it.  Trends, problems, focus areas, regulations, processes, practices, goals and objectives.  It will help you ask pertinent questions and evaluate the usefulness and applicability of findings.  The role of the data analyst is to know what questions to ask and how to use the data to look for answers. Once you have results from your data manipulation you must be able to accurately interpret the results and communicate them to others verbally, in writing and visually in graphs and charts.

    Lynn-Marie Wozniak
    Cdi Analyst
    Rochester Regional Health