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Working As A Clinical Applications Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Applications Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Clinical Applications Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Average Length of Employment
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Clinical Analyst 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 5.6%
Consultant 4.3%
Nurse 3.6%
Manager 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.3%
Physician 2.8%

Clinical Applications Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

61.9%

Male

36.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

75.2%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Russian

20.0%

Yoruba

20.0%

Azerbaijani

20.0%
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Clinical Applications Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.7%

Troy University

6.7%

East Tennessee State University

6.7%

Colorado Heights University

5.0%

Ashford University

5.0%

University of Houston

3.3%

North Carolina State University

3.3%

Eastern Washington University

3.3%

Prince George's Community College

3.3%

Western Governors University

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

New England College of Business and Finance

3.3%

Remington College

3.3%

Pittsburg State University

3.3%

South University

3.3%

Northern Kentucky University

3.3%

LIU Brooklyn

3.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.3%

College of Coastal Georgia

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

29.2%

Business

14.0%

Computer Information Systems

9.1%

Information Technology

7.2%

Computer Science

6.8%

Information Systems

4.9%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Management

3.4%

Pharmacy

2.3%

Medicine

2.3%

Biology

2.3%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Microbiology

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Medical Technician

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.4%

Masters

25.9%

Other

17.1%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.1%

License

1.2%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Clinical Applications Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Clinical Application Analyst Memorial Hermann Health System Houston, TX Feb 22, 2013 $116,979
Senior Clinical Application Analyst Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Houston, TX Apr 14, 2010 $104,520
Senior Clinical Application Analyst Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Houston, TX Feb 01, 2010 $104,520
Clinical Application Analyst Forest Laboratories, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Dec 16, 2012 $103,834
Senior Clinical Application Analyst New York Society for Relief of Ruptured & Crippled New York, NY Jun 29, 2014 $103,809
Clinical Application Analyst Health Language Inc. Denver, CO Aug 09, 2011 $100,000 -
$120,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx Lebanon Hospital New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $100,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $95,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospitalcenter New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $95,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $95,000
Clinical Applicant Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $95,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Jul 11, 2014 $95,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Jul 24, 2014 $95,000
Clinical Application Analyst Forest Laboratories, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 17, 2012 $92,250
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Feb 15, 2013 $85,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx Lebanon Hospital New York, NY Jul 31, 2015 $85,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Oct 27, 2012 $85,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Aug 01, 2012 $85,000
Clinical Applications Analyst DNA Healthcare, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jul 19, 2016 $83,741
Clinical Applications Analyst 3 Kingman Hospital Inc. Kingman, AZ Sep 07, 2014 $79,100
Clinical Applications Analyst DNA Healthcare, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 11, 2015 $77,210
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center NJ Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Clinical Application Analyst Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Sep 19, 2011 $75,000
Clinical Application Analyst La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago, IL Oct 04, 2010 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Applications Analyst

ElectronicMedicalRecordLabMeaningfulUSECernerMillenniumMckessonPharmacyTroubleshootHardwareCpoeGo-LiveSupportEHRTechnicalIssuesProjectManagementEntryHL7PatientCareHorizonExpertOrdersRadiologyClinicalDocumentationSQL

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Top Clinical Applications Analyst Skills

  1. Electronic Medical Record
  2. Lab
  3. Meaningful USE
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support an enterprise electronic medical records system for a three campus hospital facility.
  • Manage a team of 17 resources supporting Pharmacy, Laboratory, Sterile Processing, Scheduling, Registration and HIM.
  • Provided guidance over security audit to meet stage 1 meaningful use.
  • Worked closely with system administrators to arrive at solutions for making a smooth transition to the Cerner Millennium Information System.
  • Implemented McKesson Physician Portal, served as System Administrator and provided 2nd level application support.

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