Senior Health Care Data Analyst

Website District of Columbia Hospital Association

DCHA is the unifying voice for hospitals and health systems in the District of Columbia and works to advance health policy to strengthen the District’s world-class health care system to ensure that it is equitable and accessible to all.

The District of Columbia Hospital Association has, for 40 years, worked to advance the missions of the hospitals and health systems of the District of Columbia by promoting policies and initiatives that strengthen the system of care, preserve access and promote better health outcomes for the patients and communities they serve. The role of the Senior Data Analyst is to foster the work of the Association and the Association’s members through complex data exploration, analytics program design, analytics and reporting in support of priorities for improvement and strategic goals. The Senior Health Data Analyst is also responsible for participation in the identification, collection, analysis, visualization, monitoring and reporting of industry data, statistics and related
information which will enhance the Association’s ability to serve its members.

The Senior Health Data Analyst will achieve success by:

  • Garnering the respect of the Association’s leaders and the hospital’s communications executives through leadership, skill, organization, proactivity and strategic thinking.
  • Demonstrating competence and skill in all aspects of data management, measure development, statistical techniques, and data visualization.
  • Developing proactive processes for monitoring issues important to the members and collaborating with the communications teams at the hospitals to address them.
  • Demonstrating a “can‐do” approach and sense of ownership on Association‐wide projects as a member of a small team where “it’s not my job” is not an option.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Data Management

  • Guide the design and development of a comprehensive data management approach to sustain data management and analytics needs of the Association.
  • Maintain complex relational database systems including data extraction, standardization and normalization, programming, in addition to ensuring the written stored procedures properly execute the data aggregation and statistical procedures to address the clinical question.
  • Merge varying data sets into a common structure using data warehouse and structured data concepts ensuring accurate, complete, and timely availability.
  • Design and execute evaluation methodology to clean, transform, model and compare data to maintain the structural integrity of datasets, check for outliers, and reduce risk of translational errors.
  • Produce and follow the appropriate documentation to ensure clarity of data dictionaries and measure specification, appropriate change control, as well as to support reproducibility and coverage of duties by a colleague.
  • Ensure protection of confidential and sensitive data in accordance with applicable laws and DCHA privacy and security policies.

Data Analytics

  • Guide teams on and apply appropriate analytical approaches and mathematical models to identify trends, patterns, and outcomes associated to inform the collaborative efforts of the  Association and the Associations members in accordance with team guidance including employing predictive, deterministic statistics and statistical process control techniques.
  • Educate stakeholders on the various options to focus on the business and clinical questions based on a developed expertise in the topic, area of inquiry, and related external drivers (e.g., quality‐based payment programs, required measures) to obtain consensus and ensure harmony of design, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Apply the appropriate quality improvement and patient safety methodology and tools to facilitate collaborative efforts toward a culture of continuous improvement that leads to improved performance and sustained results.
  • Maintain relationships and professional development to remain current with industry data and measure related requirements as well as innovative data management and analytic approaches to support health care improvement.

Data Visualization and Reporting

  • Design data visualizations and infographics that turn data and analysis results into user friendly, easily understood reports based on a developed understanding of the questions and analytical goals of the target audience using knowledge of data visualization techniques and stakeholder input.
  • Formulate dashboards, scorecards, and summaries of available data and results to convey the meaning and impact on collaborative improvement efforts, strategic goals, and Association member organizations based on agreed upon design parameters.
  • Transform data‐driven results into comprehensive narratives that tell the story of the process and analysis to a non‐technical audience in conjunction with members and colleagues to develop an ongoing narrative that allows the Association to curate the stories about the work the member hospitals perform in the community, and the challenges they face while doing so.
  • Develop tools and learning opportunities for members, which will enable them to interpret and effectively share information with other stakeholders and to optimally serve their organizations.

Leadership and Management

  • Participate in meaningful evaluation of vendors/platform developers providing prospective tools for functional capability and the ability to meet the requirements for the associated purpose.
  • Draft new measure specifications to support DCHA collaborative and DCHA managed data analytics program(s).
  • Learn, understand, interpret, and explain draft, current measure specifications from DCHA collaborative, government programs, and other organizational programs as well as relationships between the measures and available data (e.g., demographic, claims, clinical) to provide recommendations on measure development and definitions to the Association and Association members to support collaborative efforts and achievement of strategic goals.
  • Perform environmental scans on best practices, guidelines, measures and regulatory updates and communicate findings to collaborative committees, Association members, and Association colleagues.
  • Assist in the production, including creation and editing, of public and member facing documents to ensure quality and adherence to brand identity and messaging.
  • Serve as liaison and staff resource to hospital and associate members as well as Association colleagues by responding to requests for information consistent with the policies and goals of the Association on assigned projects.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics, data analytics, health services research, health care quality, or related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, business, health care administration, or related field with five years of experience in data management and analytics will be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) preferred, but not required.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to coordinate basic project tasks.
  • Experience in data management and database administration.
  • Understanding the role of statistical software, business intelligence platforms, and associated programming languages (e.g., Stata, SQL, Python, R, Shiny, Power BI).
  • Understanding of statistics techniques and experience using tools such as Excel, Stata, and SQL Server to manipulate data and perform analyses.
  • Experience in developing reports that leverage data visualization techniques.
  • Basic understanding of quality and performance improvement methodologies and associated data needs.
  • Ability to communicate results with managers and executives in health care.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, written, and verbal).
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
  • Strong skills in collaboration.
  • Strong sense of personal and professional integrity.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work is typically performed in an office environment, with a moderate noise level. The position requires working in an office environment with the usual office equipment, including copiers, fax machines, and computers. The position also requires incumbent has at adequate off‐site office environment for remote work. The employee is frequently required to talk and hear on the telephone and in person with individuals and groups. The incumbent may carry materials/equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. on occasion. The incumbent is required to read and respond to documents in hard copy and electronic form. The position requires occasional travel to member facilities and meetings requiring transportation. The position also requires proof of vaccination against COVID‐19. This position is 100% grant funded.

To apply for this job email your details to apply@dcha.org

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