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Working As A Health Systems Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Health 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 Health 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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Clinical Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Health Systems Analyst
Cashier 6.1%
Internship 4.9%
Trainer 4.3%
Consultant 3.7%
Instructor 3.7%
Manager 3.7%
Top Careers After Health Systems Analyst
Consultant 12.0%
Cashier 6.0%
Pharmacist 4.3%
Specialist 3.4%
Director 3.4%
Associate 3.4%
Manager 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Atlantic Health System
Highest Paying City
Fort Collins, CO
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Health Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Health Systems Analyst in the United States is $81,966 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Health Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Public Health Informatics Systems Analyst Total Solutions, Inc. Atlanta, GA May 31, 2011 $105,000
Systems Analyst-Health Care Services Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Aug 16, 2010 $85,000 -
$95,000
Health Systems Analyst Programmer III Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Oct 01, 2013 $84,354
Systems Analyst/Health Care Unicom Technologies, Inc. Naperville, IL Jul 07, 2016 $83,450
Health Systems Engineering Analyst Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jan 01, 2014 $83,200
SAP Systems Analyst-Environmental, Health & Safe Nalco Company Naperville, IL Sep 11, 2012 $75,235
Systems Analyst/Health Care Unicom Technologies Inc. Naperville, IL Aug 07, 2015 $75,000
Health Systems Database Analyst III Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Mar 01, 2010 $74,000
Health Systems Analyst Programmer II Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jul 14, 2011 $72,636
Health Systems Analyst/Programmer II Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Dec 19, 2011 $70,000
Systems Analyst-Health Windycity Technologies Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2013 $68,000
Medical and Health Service Analyst Kforce Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2016 $66,784 -
$104,350
Computer Health Care Systems Analyst KBR Technologies, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Sep 02, 2014 $65,000
Health Systems Engineering Analyst Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Oct 21, 2014 $64,938
Health Systems Engineering Analyst Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Dec 20, 2012 $64,300
Health System Engineering Analyst Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Dec 12, 2013 $63,398
Health Systems Engineering Analyst Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jan 03, 2014 $61,526
Healthare Systems Analyst Sage It, Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 22, 2014 $60,000
Analyst, Life & Health Risk Transformation Swiss Re America Holding Corporation New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $60,000 -
$70,000
Health Systems Engineering Analyst Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jan 09, 2012 $58,323
Health and Welfare Systems Analyst Hewitt Associates LLC Lincolnshire, IL Mar 21, 2011 $57,762 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Health Systems Analyst

  1. Health Care
  2. Patient Care
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led requirements gathering sessions with stakeholders, developers and testers for multiple large-scale health care projects and small system change requests.
  • Provided direct patient care in accordance with treatment plans, as directed by physicians and nurses.
  • Added physician and other dictators into dictation system database.
  • Experience in storing, retrieving and modifying LOB, XML objects in the database using PL/SQL built-in packages.
  • Provide help desk information for health system physicians and other clinical staff in finding dictation and troubleshooting system problems.

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Health Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

57.0%

Male

30.1%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

13.4%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

German

14.3%

Greek

14.3%

Portuguese

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

Hebrew

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%
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Health Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.2%

University of Florida

8.8%

Georgia State University

5.9%

Saint Leo University

5.9%

George Mason University

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

University of Memphis

4.4%

University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.4%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.4%

University of Toledo

4.4%

Walden University

4.4%

Florida State University

4.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.4%

Shenandoah University

2.9%

University of South Florida

2.9%

Miami Dade College

2.9%

Bowie State University

2.9%

Boston University

2.9%

State University of New York Albany

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Health Care Administration

16.1%

Nursing

13.3%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Pharmacy

5.7%

Public Health

4.3%

Computer Science

4.3%

Information Technology

3.8%

Psychology

3.3%

Biology

2.8%

Statistics

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Project Management

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.9%

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, And Research

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Nursing Assistants

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

33.3%

Bachelors

27.4%

Other

15.7%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

6.0%

Doctorate

6.0%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.6%
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