Cerner is already well established as a major brand in digital health. It’s also growing, especially in the UK and Europe. As with many digital health products, their software is powerful and complex, requiring training and experience to fully understand – all of which explains why many in the know are wondering how to become a Cerner analyst.
What Do You Need to Become a Cerner Analyst?
The most important line on the CV for any successful Cerner analyst is, of course, the line that proves their experience and understanding with the system. Often this originally comes from training, whether on an official course or as part of their work at an organisation using Cerner systems.
A surprising number of Cerner analysts started out working with Epic, but while Epic is still a major brand, Cerner’s growing success has seen many specialists retrain and shift focus, especially as Cerner has been acquiring several smaller digital health businesses.
If you have experience with any EHR system, you’ll find that it’s not too difficult to shift focus to Cerner. The back end of the system is different, but for an analyst that shouldn’t be a major factor – you just need to be able to read and interpret the data.
Ideally you will also have experience with digital health in a more general sense. It’s not possible to interpret data accurately if you don’t understand the context it exists in.
Lastly, you should be able to show how you review this data and what conclusions and recommendations you can draw from it. These will be where you bring real value to your employer, and you may find this to be the toughest part to prove, especially without violating confidentiality.
Make a note of every occasion where your analysis – with or without Cerner – has been a benefit. You’ll need these to be clearly marked out on your CV. That way, any Cerner analyst roles you apply for are much more likely to add you to their shortlist.