What does a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist do?

Clinical data managers apply their knowledge of healthcare and database management to analyze clinical data and identify trends and report them. They design and validate clinical databases, which could include designing or testing logic checks. They process clinical data, including the receipt, entry, verification, and filing of information to generate data queries after validation checks or errors and omissions identified during data entry. They do this to resolve unidentified problems.

Clinical data managers develop project-specific data management plans that address coding, reporting, transfer data, database locks, and workflow processes. They monitor the productivity and quality of work to ensure it complies with standard operating processes and procedures and prepare appropriate formatting to data sets when requested. They design the forms used in the receiving, processing, and tracking of data. Clinical data managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in health administration and a concentration in mathematical subjects including statistics.

What responsibilities are common for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist jobs?
  • Support CRF design, review and validation of clinical database.
  • Assist with the collection, aggregation and analysis of data.
  • Monitor vendor performance to ensure timelines and data quality standards are met.
  • Provide training, mentorship and guidance.
  • Assist with the administrative and financial management of allocated projects.
  • Represent the data management functions in client-facing and internal meetings.
  • Assist with goal creation and performance review assessment for data review project staff.
  • Lead projects to support process improvement through the use of CIS.
  • Incorporate and maintain medical standards in clinical studies for all elements of the medical standards package.
  • Share data arrival and cleanup status and metrics with the study team.
  • Ensure service and quality meet agreed upon specifications per the DMP and scope of work.
  • Contribute to projects and initiatives aimed at improving and optimizing the delivery of DMAR, DSandA, Portfolio and Operations, OSBU.
  • Serve as client contact for project meetings and CDM status updates.
  • Support the assessment, evaluation and selection of CIS applications.
  • Perform a variety of duties relating to Clinical Information Systems (CIS) applications.
  • Perform duties in compliance with SOPs, GCP and ICH guidelines in accordance with regulatory, legal and ethical standards.
  • Develop and delivers study specific training for DM project staff.
  • Serve as a clinical data management expert and provide guidance on CDISC standards.
What are the typical qualifications for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, nursing, science, or information systems or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with ECRF, CRF, SQL, ECTD, SAS, ETMF, and CCDS software and systems.
  • Experience with Medidata RAVE.
  • Fluency with HIPAA regulations and protocols.
  • Demonstrated capabilities with statistics, writing protocols, data transfer, data sets, and spreadsheets.
  • Is a leader and critical thinker with strict attention to detail and solid collaboration and problem solving capabilities.
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist make near United States?

$91,203 /yr
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Clinical Data Manager
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When working as a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Operating Systems, Critical Thinking, Highly Organized, Annotation, and Relational Database.

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The most common qualifications to become a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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