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i own a sports shop and I have been in this industry for the past 20 years.

I would like to take up business analysis as a new career option taking into consideration that I want to be in the healthcare domain.

Kindly suggest the right training course for me.

Imagine for a moment that you have a desire to be an Air Force fighter pilot.

You’re not going to just jump into a cockpit and take off, having no prior flight training.

You’ll first go through the necessary training to become a pilot before you jump into a flight suit and specialize in flying an Air Force Jet.

Likewise, regardless of what industry you want to specialize your Business Analyst skills in, you first need to learn all of the skills required of a Business Analyst.

In twenty years of business ownership, you’ve probably learned some skills that business analysts use such as communication, team building, problem-solving, budgeting and providing documentations.

But, there are also skills still needed which can be gained through online training courses such as the Business Analyst Boot Camp.

Good training will include learning or mastering core business analysis skills which you can then apply specifically to the healthcare domain.

There are numerous detailed skills that a Business Analyst uses, but make sure you have the basic skills needed:

  • Eliciting Requirements – These are techniques that are necessary for capturing
    requirements.

    It is akin to asking directions before heading out onto unknown streets.

  • Creating Business Requirements Documents (BRD) – This could include defining the project
    and product scope, business case, requirements work plan, charter and vision, vendor request
    documents, contracts, and more.

  • Structured Analysis – Uses modeling techniques.

  • Object-Oriented Analysis – Understanding the process and data modeling techniques.

  • Testing – Business Analysts are involved in all processes of reaching a solution. Part of this will involve the testing process.

  • End User Support – Once the solution is delivered, the Business Analyst will provide support to enhance the experience.

  • Information Technology (IT) Knowledge – An overall knowledge of software and some amount of coding is an optional good skill for a Business Analyst.

  • Business Process Re-Engineering (BPR) – Identifying problems and solutions using techniques such as modeling.

Learn Healthcare Domain – Starting A Healthcare Business Analyst Job

After you have gained training in basic business analysis skills, it’s time to apply it to the healthcare domain.

The healthcare domain is more complex than some. It not only involves the workings of a business, but human lives and health that will be affected by any mistake.

A major slip up could cost a lot more than just financial loss. It will be the business analyst’s job to ensure that the implementation of new systems will not fail.

A knowledge of how the hospitals and laboratories work is necessary.

Clinical trial procedures experience and a general understanding of terminology is vital.

Clinical research knowledge is also helpful. Because patients medical records are a part of the healthcare domain, the business analyst must use discretion in sharing knowledge, keeping certain information under the utmost security.

In addition to a basic understanding of how the industry operates, there are political and legal issues to become familiar with.

It is helpful to know the industry in detail in regard to its business process and internal workings.

Familiarize yourself with healthcare information technology, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification.

Attaining certifications, working in a healthcare environment, or even doing volunteer work can help to establish some of the necessary knowledge to specialize as a Business Analyst in the healthcare field.

Be sure to network with healthcare professionals and business analysts along the way.

Update Your Resume – Starting A Healthcare Business Analyst Job

Before you begin your job hunt for a healthcare business analyst position, you’ll need update your resume to reflect your skills and knowledge as they relate, both to a general business analyst as well as specifically to healthcare.

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    1. The right training / coaching on “How To Become A Healthcare Business Analyst” would include learning or mastering the core business analysis skills and getting credit for your existing or current healthcare business analysis domain knowledge!

      • Start by earning the core business analysis skills that apply to the healthcare domain or to any domain that you want to specialize in.

        Regardless of whether your domain is Telecommunications (Telco), Insurance, Pharmaceutical or Heatlhcare, you have to learn the core business analysis skills because it is those skills that make you a business analyst!

      • Next, since you already have Healthcare domain experience, take all the steps (formal or informal) that you can to formalize your healthcare industry experience.

      • Finally, update your resume with all your skills and knowledge and then network with the professionals in your industry (business analysts as well as healthcare practitioners), and make your expertise as well as your availability for jobs known to them!

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