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Working As A Clinical Systems 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

  • $88,076

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Systems 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 Systems 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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Clinical Systems Analyst Career Paths

Clinical Systems Analyst
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Implementation Consultant Senior Project Manager Chief Operating Officer
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Program Coordinator Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Implementation Consultant Senior Business Analyst Director Of Information
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Adjunct Instructor Clinical Coordinator
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Quality Assurance Nursing Director
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Business Analyst Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Analyst Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Project Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Support Analyst Business Analyst Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Clinical Analyst 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.9%
Analyst 3.3%
Nurse 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%
Manager 2.5%
Analyst 2.5%

Clinical Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

56.0%

Male

41.5%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Asian

9.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.8%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Russian

20.0%

Cantonese

20.0%

French

20.0%
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Clinical Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

Walden University

11.2%

Grand Canyon University

6.7%

Western Governors University

5.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.6%

Strayer University

5.6%

University of Connecticut

4.5%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Excelsior College

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.4%

University of South Alabama

3.4%

George Washington University

3.4%

University of Arizona

3.4%

University of California - Irvine

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Eastern Michigan University

2.2%

Marshall University

2.2%

University of Maryland - University College

2.2%

American Sentinel University - Aurora

2.2%
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Majors

Nursing

27.1%

Business

19.3%

Computer Science

6.6%

Health Care Administration

6.4%

Information Technology

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Information Systems

4.1%

Project Management

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Pharmacy

2.2%

Biology

2.2%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Education

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Medical Technician

1.4%

Health And Wellness

1.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

32.9%

Bachelors

32.7%

Other

16.3%

Associate

11.4%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Clinical Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Clinical Systems Analyst II (Managed Care) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Newark, CA May 12, 2016 $140,000 -
$168,147
SR. Clinical Systems Analyst (Revenue Cycle Systems & Services) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jul 15, 2016 $139,068 -
$162,302
SR. Clinical Systems Analyst (Revenue Cycle Systems & Services) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jul 18, 2016 $139,068 -
$162,302
SR Clinical Systems Analyst (Ambulatory Systems & Services) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Nov 08, 2016 $138,736 -
$189,488
Senior Clinical Systems Analyst (Ambulatory Systems & Services) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jun 20, 2016 $130,000 -
$176,072
Principal Clinical Systems Analyst Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Mar 09, 2015 $124,904 -
$206,003
Principal Clinical Systems Analyst Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Dec 02, 2013 $124,696 -
$205,961
Senior Clinical Systems Analyst (IT Application Integration) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Feb 29, 2016 $122,387 -
$182,894
Clinical Systems Analyst II Populus Group LLC Fountain Valley, CA Jan 11, 2016 $118,959
Clinical-Systems Analyst II Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Oct 24, 2016 $118,456 -
$168,147
Clinical-Systems Analyst II Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jun 28, 2016 $116,979 -
$143,894
Systems Analyst-Sas Clinical Software Corus Soft Inc. Edison, NJ Jun 28, 2016 $116,709
Senior Clinical Systems Analyst Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA May 29, 2016 $116,126 -
$189,488
IT Senior Clinical/Medical Systems Analyst The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary New York, NY Nov 01, 2013 $90,066
Clinical Systems Analyst (Pharmacy) North Broward Hospital District Fort Lauderdale, FL Jul 29, 2014 $89,398
Clinical System Architec The Methodist Hospital Nassau Bay, TX Jul 28, 2014 $88,590
Clinical System Architec The Methodist Hospital Houston, TX Jul 28, 2014 $88,590
Clinical System Architec The Methodist Hospital Houston, TX Jul 28, 2014 $88,589
Clinical Systems Analyst II, IT Epic Outreach Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA Oct 06, 2016 $88,067 -
$118,570
Associate Clinical Systems Analyst Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Sep 09, 2013 $77,834 -
$128,606
Clinical Systems Analyst Global Technical Software Services Inc. Hamilton, NJ Dec 21, 2016 $77,500
Clinical Systems Analyst North Broward Hospital District Fort Lauderdale, FL Jul 07, 2014 $76,960
Clinical Systems Analyst Global Technical Software Services, Inc. Hamilton, NJ Sep 13, 2016 $75,000
Clinical Systems Analyst Global Technical Software Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2016 $75,000
Clinical Systems Analyst St. Barnabas Hospital New York, NY Aug 01, 2014 $70,000
Clinical Systems Analyst Global Technical Software Services, Inc. Kingsport, TN Sep 13, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Systems Analyst

ElectronicMedicalRecordInformationSystemsLabClinicalSystemsProceduresCernerMeaningfulUSEPHAEntryCpoeTechnicalSupportRadiologyEHRClinicalApplicationsHealthSystemGo-LiveSupportPatientCareMckessonHL7SQLServer

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Top Clinical Systems Analyst Skills

  1. Electronic Medical Record
  2. Information Systems
  3. Lab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct training sessions on software for reporting of electronic medical records.
  • Coordinate various aspects of information systems projects including software selection and acquisition and document and prepare project status reports.
  • Implement IT policies and procedures in collaboration with IT managers and leadership.
  • Lead the development of IT capital and operating budgets for clinical systems.
  • Identify security issues, developing policies and procedures to safeguard protected health information (PHI).

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