If working in in clinical setting such as a hospital or nursing home is your dream but your prefer to avoid a hands-on position, the clinical system analyst position may be for you. Working as a system analyst requires knowledge about computer systems and networking, while meeting the needs of other staff members as well as patients.
Analyzing Facility Needs
Before setting up a new networking system, the system analyst must scrutinize the facility to determine what type of and size system it needs. For instance, a large facility with several staff members and patients, like a hospital, generally needs a larger system than a small facility with fewer patients. The analyst may use data collected from the human resources department and the medical records department to determine the system size necessary. He must also make sure the system meets the facility’s budget requirements.
Implementing New Technology
The clinical systems analyst uses the information gathered to set up the computer system and create the network. This includes setting up the desktop or laptop computers, connecting the appropriate lines to servers, establishing Internet service and connecting the printers, scanners or fax machines. After setting up the system, the systems analyst often installs the operational software for the programs required by the facility.
Maintaining the System
Once the system is in place, the clinical system analyst may be required to troubleshoot any problems that occur. For instance, if the Internet goes down or a computer cannot be located on the network, the analyst offers assistance. The analyst may run random checks to make sure the system and software are working properly.
The system analyst in a clinical setting is often required to train other employees in how to use the programs installed on the system. This may include various programs that provide charting, scheduling and patient records. Also, he teaches the users how to share information and how to locate and print to specific printers on the network.
While each facility has specific requirements for a clinical system analyst, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field is generally required. Additional experience working with networking, programming or health care information technology may also be required by the facility, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago's Health Informatics and Health Information Management department.
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