Health Records Analyst - Job posting - Iowa Cancer Registry - Iowa City, IA

  • 1.  Health Records Analyst - Job posting - Iowa Cancer Registry - Iowa City, IA

    Posted 02-01-2024 08:55 AM

    Iowa Cancer Registry/State Health Registry of Iowa (ICR/SHRI)

    Department of Epidemiology

    College of Public Health

    The University of Iowa

    Position Summary:

    Health Records Analyst position for the Iowa Cancer Registry/State Health Registry of Iowa (ICR/SHRI), responsible for identification of reportable cases, abstraction of cancer data, and submission of high-quality data following National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and State Health Registry of Iowa (SHRI) guidelines and as needed, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) guidelines. Assist with the performance of epidemiological disease related research, include the study of cancer by performing technical and allied duties related to the review, reconciling, abstracting, and coding of medical information from abstracts, documents, reports and on-line data sources, participating in quality control efforts, and responding to requests for technical information.


    Data Collection/Subject Recruitment  

    •Responsible for identifying reportable cancer cases and abstracting cancer data following National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program and SHRI guidelines.

    •Resolve complex data collection issues and provide consultative support to participating referring entities and other research sites.

    •Determine disease/data reportability based on diagnoses and other technical criteria and review, reconcile, abstract and code complex cancer-related medical information from documents, medical abstracts, medical records, reports, on-line data, and follow-up data according to NCI/SEER Program and ICR/SHRI guidelines, needing minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.

    •Maintain understanding of Commission on Cancer data collection standards.

    •Determine disease/data reportability based on electronic pathology records and death certificates.

    Abstract, Code and Analyze Data        

    •Routinely analyze, compile, code and manage electronic systems and follow-up data.

    •Consistently code NCI/SEER, CoC, and American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) data fields according to respective manual guidelines.

    •Verify principal diagnosis; verify and properly sequence other pertinent secondary diagnoses.

    •Assign appropriate classification codes for diagnosis; clarify diagnoses and operations in question through use of various reference materials.

    •Using advanced knowledge of cancer nomenclature and classification systems, including ICD-O-3, review and evaluate complex abstracted data to validate coding, staging, treatment, and site-specific factors.

    Data Integrity

    •Participate in the development of procedures for completing case findings.

    •Perform epidemiology related research on specified human health topics and case abstracts according to current data management methodology.

    •Record data and maintain organized files.

    •Participate in quality control efforts and reliability studies, both at the local and national level.

    •Initiate appropriate action to resolve discrepancies in complex data contained in abstracts and related materials.

    Data Reporting      

    •Assist with the design and development of forms, manuals, and reports.

    •Interpret medical diagnostic data and assist in the analysis of the data and writing of reports.

    Communication and Outreach  

    •Establish and maintain effective working relationships with hospitals, laboratories, physicians, and local programs throughout state.

    •Provide consultative support to participating health care providers and local cancer management program and health data systems.


    •Attend training workshops and provide guidance to other registrars in collecting data items.

    •Attend training on CoC program standards and AJCC coding.

    •May help train new staff in data collection procedures and quality control.

    •Assist in conducting quality reviews on ICR abstracting and editing staff and abstracting staff from non-ICR reporting facilities.

    Required Qualifications:

    A bachelor's degree in medical records or a human health science, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in medical records, epidemiology, or disease data collection.

    Cancer Registry experience, including experience in data collection, analysis, processing, coding, and reporting of cancer data and performance of critical review of the data.

    Certification as an Oncology Data Specialist (ODS).

    Microsoft office software product (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, TEAMS) proficiency.

    Provide a home-based office, including security and a network provider to facilitate the transmission of electronic data to the central office or to receive electronic information/data.

    The ability to travel overnight, and a valid US driving license and the ability to meet the University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standard. 

    Desired Qualifications:

    Experience working with American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer program requirements.

    A background in epidemiologic research and disease data collection methodology.

    Evidence of good verbal and written communication skills.

    Experience working with cancer abstraction software such as SEER*Abs, MetriQ, CNeXT, or other.

    Application Details:

    This position is located at the University Capitol Center, Iowa City, Iowa.

    To be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

    Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

    Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

    For questions, contact Michele Hogue at

    Benefits Highlights:

    Regular salaried position.  Located in Iowa City, Iowa. Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.

    This position is eligible for hybrid work or remote within Iowa and will require a work arrangement form to be completed upon the start of your employment. Per policy, work arrangements will be reviewed annually, and must comply with the remote work program and related policies and employee travel policy when working at a remote location.

    Michele Hogue

    Human Resources Generalist

    College of Public Health

    The University of Iowa

    145 N Riverside Drive S149 CPHB

    Iowa City, IA  52242


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