• Genetics & Prevention Business Analyst

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 1 week ago(10/7/2019 4:33 PM)
    Job ID
    IT/Health IT/Informatics
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    The Clinical Operations and Business Analytics (COBA) team is part of the strategic initiative at DFCI to enable the transformation of data into insights and actionable information to the different operational, clinical, and business departments across the institute. The team has access to an extraordinary range of healthcare data including medical and pharmacy claims, enrollment, EMR (Epic), scheduling, billing, referral, and laboratory results. Using this data, the team supports reporting and analytics in areas such as patient care, quality and outcomes, operations, and healthcare administration.

    The on-going expansion of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) signals an exciting time for both the institute and the COBA team. As the DFCI continues to grow, its need for data analytics tools and insights grows as well. In response to this this growth, and in order to deliver on the greater long-term vision for data analytics at DFCI, the COBA team is looking to expand its capacity. Through this strategic investment in analytics the COBA team will continue to empower its stakeholders via data and analytics addressing key clinical, operations, and business questions, all while building a long-lasting data analytics infrastructure across the institute.

    In pursuit of these goals, the COBA team is seeking to hire a Senior Business Analyst to support the Division of Cancer Genetics and Prevention. The Division of Cancer Genetics and Prevention is a team of medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, genetic counselors, and nurses who provide cancer risk assessment and comprehensive recommendations for managing cancer risk. This group provides thoughtful partnerships with primary and specialized health care providers in order to offer exemplary cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and testing, dedicated monthly patient reviews, and continuing educational resources in the complex and dynamic field of cancer genetics. This unique partnering of a physician and genetic counselor provides expertise in the assessment and management of inherited cancer syndromes including hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, Lynch and other gastrointestinal syndromes, and all other cancer syndromes across the spectrum of inherited cancer risk. In addition, the team is preparing to streamline its current genetic counseling and testing methods to stay on the cutting edge of germline personalized cancer medicine.

    The Senior Analyst will be integral in the utilization of the new data tracking systems within this streamlined clinical model. Given the unique systems and workflows of this group, this position will be exceptionally equipped generate new insights for providers and operators within the unit. The Senior Analyst will be able to translate business needs into programming logic, data sets, visualizations and reports that answer the questions most pertinent to the unit. In addition to this work the Senior Analyst will prepare summaries of the data in order to inform on the success of key initiatives and build consensus around important decisions for the Genetics and Prevention group. This position will also be expected to take the lead on new projects and ad hoc reports. The Senior Analyst will work with a variety of tools (ex: SAS, SQL, Excel, Oracle, Tableau, EPIC, Progeny) to access data, write queries, develop programming logic, run reports, and manipulate and analyze large datasets to support the needs of the program.

    The Senior Analyst will report directly to the Administrative Director for Genetics and Prevention with a dotted line to the COBA Clinical Operations Team Lead.


    • Lead analytics projects from creation to completion using COBA Operating model.
    • Collaborate with COBA team members, Genetics & Prevention, and additional DFCI stakeholders to prioritize and generate analytics that address multiple needs and serve as the sources of truth on key business and patient care metrics.
    • Serve as the primary steward of Genetics & Prevention needs, translating high-level business, clinical, and operational questions into specific requirements that can be answered using DFCI’s data assets.
    • Prepare and present summaries of data for executive stakeholders looking to address Genetics & Prevention’s most pressing and impactful needs.
    • Collaborates with genetics database manager to ensure the accurate flow of data between the clinical database (EPIC) and genetics database (Progeny).
    • Provide conceptual and technical support to end users, both through group trainings as well as one-on-one support.
    • Maintain open communication with managers and identify any concerns or problems which may hinder achievement of deadlines and or/ accomplishments of responsibilities.
    • Contribute to the institute-wide analytic community of practice by training and bringing together analysts, stewards, and analytics consumers.
    • Perform other similar and related duties as required or directed.


    • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, public health, or related domain. Master’s in Bioinformatics, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or a comparable quantitative analytics domain preferred.
    • 3+ years of related work experience in a data analytics role within the healthcare industry.
    • Experience utilizing, editing, and sharing results from business intelligence tools such as Tableau.
    • Familiarity with EMR systems, especially EPIC.
    • Fluency in SQL syntax and comfort designing, manipulating, and executing SQL queries.
    • A strong desire to explore, investigate, and uncover patterns in data while maintaining focus on pragmatic solutions.
    • Ability to function independently in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple priorities.

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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