Join our team of research analysts in clinical evidence analysis who research, analyze, and synthesize information and data about healthcare technologies and interventions. This person will use the PICOTS analytic framework to analyze published studies, assess strength of evidence (using the GRADE-based system), and write rapid and in-depth evidence assessments for ECRIs clinical evidence assessment membership services. Decision makers, including clinical policy makers at third-party payers and health systems, use the assessments to make evidence-based decisions about appropriate use.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Functions Statements(s)
Learn the appropriate methods for analyzing clinical studies
Use search results provided by medical librarians to select appropriate data for analysis, perform analysis, and write evidence assessments
Understand and apply concepts of PICOTS analytic framework and GRADE strength of evidence assessment in report preparation
Prepare for preliminary meetings on assigned topics and understand the patient clinical pathway for the relevant disease/condition
Ensure understanding of client research requests
Meet deadlines for client deliverables
Apply biostatistical concepts to accurately analyze and present data in the assessments
Provide recommendations for prioritization of topics
Understand factors that affect diffusion of drugs, devices, and procedures
Understand audience perspectives (e.g., payer, health system, patient) and write accordingly
Write assessments clearly in active voice for intended audiences
Use peer review feedback to revise assessments as needed after internal and external review; document responses to reviewers
Use internal workflow tools (e.g., SharePoint) to follow appropriate procedures for report documentation, drafting, peer review, revision, and final publication
Attend training sessions for report writing and other ECRI presentations that inform your work as recommended by management
Maintain current knowledge of regulatory and reimbursement (coverage, coding, payment) issues and processes in the United States and abroad for drugs, devices, and procedures
Maintain current awareness of important healthcare topics and issues by perusing major medical journals, health sections of newspapers, and the Fierce family of daily healthcare publications on devices, pharma, and biotech
Understand adoption and implementation issues for healthcare adoption of new technologies
Be thorough and attentive to detail; document sources for all facts and information used in reports and use the internal citation system workflows to request and document resources used
Contribute to initiatives to enhance the information resources and assessments provided to clients
Suggest ideas and themes for possible educational webinars on healthcare technology and intervention topics that would interest clients
Attend professional conferences as requested by management
Attend team, committee, and department meetings
Other duties/projects as assigned
Annual metrics after completing 9 months training:
Depending on the type and depth of assessments required by clients, produce some combination of the following as determined by client needs and management: 40 clinical evidence assessments or 100 curated bibliographies or combination of the two
Identify recommended readings each week for client base
Attend or participate in relevant ECRI webinars, conferences, trainings to grow/maintain knowledge base as recommended by management
Professional development: If recommended and supported by budget and management, take relevant online education courses to grow your knowledge base
Strong writing skills coupled with familiarity with concepts of evidence-based medicine, systematic review, clinical study design and analysis of screening; biostatistics; issues related to diffusion of healthcare technology (regulatory and reimbursement issues in United States and abroad).
Ability to: learn and use PICOTS framework to formulate appropriate key questions; understand clinical trial design for diagnostic technologies and assess risk of bias in studies; clinical data analysis; apply GRADE concepts to assess strength of evidence and draw conclusions; if needed, perform basic statistical tests on study data, accept and appropriately implement peer review critiques; and write accurately and clearly for health plan and health system audiences.
Preferred: basic knowledge about how third-party payer coverage decision-making works; familiarity with health technology assessment programs (e.g., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).
PhD in a life science preferred (e.g., molecular biology, cell biology, virology, immunology, genetics) or masters degree +3 years experience in a healthcare environment.
Proficient with Microsoft Office 2007+