how do i become a health care business analyst?

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Please guide me in becoming a competent Heath care business analyst. I have good domain experience.

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How To Become A Healthcare Business Analyst

Even though every infant comes into the world with a different intensity of need requirements and personality; once you have become a parent, adjusting to a second or third child comes a bit more natural than preparing to welcome a baby for the very first time.

The same is true with making a change within the healthcare domain from one position to another. When you already know a great deal in one area, making a transition and applying this knowledge to another area can go very smoothly.

With extensive experience in the healthcare industry already established, becoming a healthcare business analyst will take some work but not a lot of time.

You already have knowledge within the healthcare domain, and now you will need to learn new skills in regard to what a business analyst does for healthcare.

You must first learn what a business analyst does apart from a specific domain. Learn all you can about the duties, roles and responsibilities of a business analyst, then make a list to identify your skills gap.

You will want to go through this process again to pinpoint healthcare specific skills as they relate to a business analyst. Finally, bridge the gaps, update your resume and get a job as a healthcare business analyst.

Start with a list of what a business analyst does. Specific organizations will require specific skills, and within each basic skill are numerous sub-skills. But, some business analyst skills that are necessary include:

Business Analyst Communication Skills

This is one of the most important skills and contains several sub-skills within it. A business analyst must be adept at all areas of verbal communication as well as maintaining excellent written communication skills.

Business Analysis skills

It makes sense that a job with the word Analyst in it would require skills in analysis. Like communication skills, this is an area that contains several sub-skills including problem solving and understanding all possible solutions.

Technical skills

By no means does a business analyst need to understand the intricacies of programming software. But, a general understanding of what software is available as well as how the IT team members function will help make for an easier task in coming to solutions that involve software.

Validation skills

The business analyst is on a project for the duration from start to finish. Part of this process involves following up with users to make sure the software implemented is understood and meets their needs.

Applying Knowledge of Business Analysis to Healthcare Domain

Now that you know some of what a business analyst does, you can begin to learn how this job is performed within the healthcare industry.

Use your newly-learned business analyst skills and put them to work within your specific domain of healthcare. Get experience solving problems that are unique to the healthcare industry.

Every healthcare organization will vary as to what they require of their business analysts. You may even be able to list several off the top of your head just by the fact that you’ve worked within healthcare and understand the inner workings.

Some specific skills that a business analyst might use in the healthcare domain are:

Knowledge of healthcare or insurance terminology
Understanding claims systems
Ability to work flexible hours
Knowledge of HIPAA
Provider relationships
Basic knowledge of databases, SQL, XML, EDI and Internet
Working knowledge of SQL Analyzer, SQL Enterprise Manager, DTS, T-SQL, GEO Access, Crystal Reports, and MS Query
Epic and Meditech systems
Understanding ehealth initiatives and registries

Bridging the Business Analysis Skills Gap

Bridge the business analysis gap through self study along with getting coaching and training. Online training is a successful and convenient way to learn.
There is no travel required, or expenses that go along with travel and attending business meetings. You can learn on your own time, at our own pace.

Add more business analysis experience to your knowledge, skills and training along the way.

Update Your Business Analyst Resume

Once you’ve acquired the necessary skills, you must update your resume’ to reflect what you can do for a hiring company as a healthcare business analyst. Rewrite your resume’ so that it focuses on your business analysis skills.

This will help you brand, or market, yourself as a business analyst within a domain where you have already gained other experience.

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One Response to "how do i become a health care business analyst?"

  1. Business Analyst Coaching & Training   May 5, 2011 at 4:25 AM
    • Congratulations on your healthcare domain experience. You are already on your way to becoming a healthcare business analyst and with some hard work, you will get there very soon.

    • What you need to do do next is to learn about business analysis so that you can complete your knowledge or training in healthcare business analysis.

    • Regardless of your domain experience (heatlcare, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Marketing, Sales or your educational qualifications (MBA, MSC, BSC., etc.), you will need to learn the art and science of business analysis because that is a totally separate discipline from any other domain or educational qualification.

    • After you learn business analysis, the next thing that you need to so is apply your knowledge of business analysis to your healthcare domain. In other words, just learning business analysis is not enough, you actually have to get experience by solving problems with your knowledge.

    • Update your resume with all the business analysis tasks, duties or responsibilities you have been working on. Rewrite your resume so that it focuses more on your business analysis skills and less on non-business analysis jobs. This will help you brand or market yourself as a business analyst.

    • Repeat all these steps again. Identify the duties, roles and responsibilities of business analysts. Identify gaps in your learning, knowledge or skills. Bridge the gaps in your knowledge through self study or coaching and training. Add more business analysis experience to your knowledge, skills and training. Update your resume so that it reflects the new skills and experience you have acquired working as a business analyst!


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