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Clinical Data Analyst II - Boston, MA

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752486 Clinical Data Analyst II Boston MA

Clinical Data Analyst II - Boston, MA (752486)

Position Description

Innovation. Adaptability. A passion for analytics and problem solving. If those traits brought you here, this opportunity can take you much further. Humedica, now part of Optum, is serving the health care marketplace with the information tools and analytics solutions that will fuel change going forward. We are well past big data. In fact, we are using great data to uncover new solutions and novel marketplace opportunities. If you thrive on making an impact in an evolving market, we should be talking. Join the expanding family of UnitedHealth Group companies and help shape history. You’ll help us improve the lives of others while doing your life’s best work.(sm)


Optum is the foremost clinical intelligence group, providing private cloud-based business solutions to the health care industry. The environment is aggressive, fast paced and innovative. We are looking for smart, innovative individuals who will take ownership of their responsibilities, work collaboratively and always look for ways to add to the personal and professional growth of the company.


As a Clinical Data Analyst II, you will be working primarily with Electronic Medical Records, Billing, and Adjudicated Claims data that we receive from our health care provider clients. You will be responsible for understanding the incoming data, identifying locations of data elements of interest, and putting together specifications for engineers on how to transform the incoming data into our standardized data warehouse. This critical point drives the data shape and logical design required to meet data reporting needs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct gap analysis to compare the client’s data structure and content to that of the standard expected for that EMR, billing, or adjudicated claims data source
  • Look through the client’s data to locate data elements of interest to our application. Complex cases involve reconciliation of data in multiple locations, clever ways of imputing information from sub-par data, and de-duplication strategies
  • Map client local terminologies to Optum Analytics standard concepts
  • Work closely with clinical informatics specialists in domains such as lab and medication data
  • Write specifications for ETL engineers regarding how to transform the data
  • Work closely with engineering and operations teams as the project is implemented, to answer questions and resolve data issues that arise
  • Be responsible for monthly review of client data and dictionary updates and implementing appropriate revisions to Optum Analytics mapping tables
  • Investigate data anomalies to determine root cause, specify appropriate changes and work with engineering and operations teams as the change is implemented and tested
  • Research client questions on data results by identifying underlying data elements leveraged and providing descriptions of data transformations involved
  • Contribute to technical documentation of specifications and processes
  • Participate in the ongoing invention, testing and use of tools used by the team to improve processes and bring scale

Required Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience working with patient health care data
  • 4+ years of experience working with data, analyzing data and understanding data
  • 4+ years of experience working with SQL or another data analysis language (SAS, R, MATLAB)
  • Understanding of relational data bases and their principles of operation
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Excel
  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, health information systems, computer science, mathematics, engineering or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Ability to query large data sets using SQL and query optimization skills.
  • Working knowledge of health information systems
  • Clinical or medical data analysis or management experience highly preferred
  • Understanding of clinical processes and vocabulary

Soft Skills:

  • Highly analytical, curious and creative
  • Strong organization skills, very detail oriented, with careful attention to work processes
  • Takes ownership of responsibilities and follows through hand-offs to other groups
  • Competence with PCs and Windows Office applications
  • Enjoys a fast paced environment and the opportunity to quickly learn new skills
  • Ability to work creatively and flexibly, both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with or an interest in learning to work with complex health care databases
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to analyze user requests, define requirements, investigate and report conclusions
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts, verbally and in writing to others, including clients

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world?s large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)



Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.



Job Keywords: SAS, R, MATLAB, Excel, SQL, Health Information Systems,  Boston, Massachusetts, MA

Job Details

  • Contest Number752486
  • Job TitleClinical Data Analyst II - Boston, MA
  • Job FamilyAnalytics
  • Business SegmentOptumInsight

Job Location Information

  • Boston, MA
    United States
    North America

Additional Job Detail Information

  • Employee StatusRegular
  • ScheduleFull-time
  • Job LevelIndividual Contributor
  • ShiftDay Job
  • TravelNo
  • Telecommuter PositionNo
  • Overtime StatusExempt

UnitedHealth Group is the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone.

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