What does an Information Specialist do?

Information specialists configure, install, and maintain the systems and processes that manage technical and scientific information. After gathering insight that allows them to identify organizational needs, they arrange systems for handling data that will meet those objectives. They install and oversee technological resources, which may include hardware systems, software programs, and other components. They manage system integrations, set up data analysis processes, and provide technical support. They also provide guidance in establishing policies and procedures for managing information and related systems.

Information specialists typically have a bachelor’s degree in a computer science field, along with a background in IT roles. They must be comfortable setting up and maintaining information management systems, and have familiarity with common data management programs and platforms. These roles require strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.

What responsibilities are common for Information Specialist jobs?
  • Review, and correct any inaccuracies in the VIP database.
  • Adjust work assignments as needed to cover peak periods, leave and vacancies.
  • Safeguard patient records and ensure compliance with HIPAA standards.
  • Provide customer support to the clients, patients and requesters.
  • Assist with QA tasks as directed by management.
  • Assist with the assembly of paper patient care admissions folders.
  • Order and maintain supplies for department on a weekly basis.
  • Assist physicians, staff, agencies and other customers with record retrieval, completion and review.
  • Ensure all releases of information comply with the request, authorization, policies, and State and Federal/HIPAA regulations and guidelines.
  • Perform a daily ICD-10 audit to ensure proper compliance.
  • Maintain compliance with regulations including state and federal regulations.
  • Review the patient medical records to obtain any missing or incorrect data.
  • Must have the ability to stand and sit frequently throughout an eight-hour period, reach horizontally and vertically for overhead use.
  • Monitor performance and provide performance feedback and evaluations for ROI Specialists.
  • Participate and assist with onboarding activities for new employees.
  • Alert the user to any incomplete and/or incorrect documentation through use of the ticketing system.
What are the typical qualifications for Information Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with SAP EHS, SQL Server, GIS, SQL,and Oracle SQL software and systems.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • Demonstrated fluency in computing and writing protocols.
  • A collaborator and critical thinker.
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable drafting notices and reports with an eye on closure.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Information Specialist make?

Very Confident
$71,947 /yr
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Read what Information Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Good Samaritan Society – Eugene VillageGood Samaritan Society – Eugene Village
Director of Health Information Management
Sep 15, 2021

“Used to have a great family feel and I loved working there but not lately.”

DXC TechnologyDXC Technology
Information Specialist
Dec 4, 2020

“No salary increase in 2020 but one is on the way in Q2 of 2021.”

Alphanumeric SystemsAlphanumeric Systems
Medical Information Specialist
Sep 28, 2021

“Working at AN as an agent for a Janssen project in a Call Center was a great opportunity for my personal and professional growth.”

KSB HospitalKSB Hospital
Senior Information Specialist
Oct 5, 2020

“The people you work with there are some really great and amazing people.”

ScanSTAT TechnologiesScanSTAT Technologies
Release of Information Specialist
Feb 1, 2022

“Training is online and not specific to your duties.”

Director Information Governance
Apr 22, 2020

“Well educated and they know what to do! Good training opportunities to develop yourself.”

National University Health SystemNational University Health System
Medical Information Specialist
Apr 23, 2022

“Career progression is unknown and pay does not match outside market”

Houston Community CollegeHouston Community College
Information Specialist
Dec 13, 2020

“Pay and schedule is great”

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