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    Four essential players for your healthcare data analytics team

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    Title: Nursing informatics specialist/nurse analyst

    Job description: Oversees the integration of data, and sharing of information to support decision-making by patients and their providers through the perspective of nursing. Makes the documentation of electronic data, voice-enabled notes, and mobile or patient-generated data easy to analyze and interpret for other clinicians. Education background includes a bachelor’s degree in nursing with experience with EHRs, also a master’s degree in health informatics, healthcare management or quality management.

    Why this position matters: Keeping the needs of patients in the forefront as big data continues to increase makes nurse analysts important team members, says Asha Gaines, nurse analyst and population health coordinator for value-based clinical care at Northside Hospital healthcare system in Atlanta.

    “I use the term nurse analyst because I use my nursing lens to note trends and patterns in data,” Gaines says, who says her team of nurses collaborates with payer-partners and clinicians to coordinate care. “The system solutions are embedded in the data. Healthcare is sitting on goldmines of unused data. Healthcare organizations need folks who understand how to extract information out of data to optimize outcomes.”

    Donna Marbury is a writer in Columbus, Ohio.

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