What Does an Ambulatory Systems Analyst Do?
Ambulatory systems analysts are computer systems analysts that work in the healthcare industry with dedicated healthcare systems such as Epic Ambulatory Electronic Medical Records (EMR), EpicCare Link, and Care Everywhere. Analysts work to improve the healthcare organization's systems and applications by gathering and analyzing user data. They provide high-level support, write application and systems documentation, and establish specifications for applications and systems. They also design, modify, and implement applications within the existing system framework.
In addition to data collection and analysis, the ambulatory systems analyst troubleshoots issues presented by end users. Analysts work closely with an organization's information technology specialists to improve IT systems and applications while ensuring optimum results in dedicated healthcare EMR applications. The analyst's duties also include optimizing system/process workflows and best practices. They must communicate with an organization's management, end users, and stakeholders to identify issues and provide solutions within budget constraints. Analysts ensure compliance with information security standards (ISS) for data and system protection; they research and implement ISS improvements.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree in a healthcare or computer science related field|
|Job Skills||Strong analytic and problem-solving skills, comprehensive knowledge of clinical systems, expertise in computer networks and systems, excellent communication skills, strong leadership skills|
|Median Salary (2019)*||$66,862 (clinical systems analysts)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||9% (all computer systems analysts)|
Sources: *Payscale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A bachelor's degree is generally required for ambulatory systems analysts. Employers prefer the degree be in healthcare administration, public health, mathematics, computer science or a related field. Practical prior work experience is often required with electronic medical records systems as well as general information technology. Certification in relevant software, such as Epic applications, may be helpful.
Ambulatory systems analysts require strong analytic and problem solving skills to study data from end users, identify issues in the organization's EMR, and work to solve them. They also ensure compliance with established best practices in information security standards.
The ambulatory systems analyst requires excellent communication skills because they create and present reports and recommendations for system improvement, including establishing efficient workflow processes, delivering training on modifications in the organization's EMR, and drafting reports targeted to various audiences (company executives, end users, and stakeholders). Leadership skills are crucial for the analyst because they take the helm in designing and implementing system improvements while ensuring that all initiatives remain within budgetary parameters.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2018 that the career outlook for computer systems analysts was 9% for the period between 2016-2026. BLS noted that this rate was about as fast as the average for all occupations. In 2019, Payscale.com published the median salary for clinical systems analysts as $66,862. The BLS reported that the annual median salary for all computer systems analysts was $88,740 in May 2018.
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