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Clinical Data Abstractor - Infection Control

Benefits Eligibility (Employment Type):  Full-time benefits (32-40 hours per week)
Shift Type:  Day
Shift Length:  8 Hours
Primary Location (City):  Vancouver
State:  WA

PeaceHealth is seeking a Clinical Data Abstractor - Infection Control for a 1.0 full time equivalent Exempt position. This position will be working Day shift with shift durations of 8 Hours.

Req ID: 175505



Responsible for abstracting, auditing or conducting surveillance a large volume of clinical case records, data, or other information within established deadlines in support of PeaceHealth’s quality assessment and performance improvement program, infection prevention program and compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements. Work involves the review of low to moderately complex clinical information or laboratory results from individual patient records and other sources to abstract data elements for clinical registries and to review compliance with standards of care, policies and procedures, regulations or accreditation requirements. Produce reports addressing variances from established standards, and identify significant data trends, outlier values or unusual data for additional review by physicians, clinical value improvement staff and/or leadership. Responsible for the integrity of the reported data.



  1. Manage, schedule and receive patient records for abstracting from multiple PeaceHealth communities; abstract low to moderately complex clinical data using established definitions and abstraction guidelines; maintain an abstracting volume to meet internal and external reporting deadlines.  Use surveillance software and other data sources based on training and algorithms.
  2. Enter abstracted data into the appropriate registry or third-party vendor software within the established deadlines for data submission. Upload or directly enter required events, summary data, denominator date and other information into the appropriate database; ensuring the information is relevant and reconciled.
  3. Conduct or coordinate audits of patient records or other information to support the quality assurance and performance improvement program in each PeaceHealth community and evaluate compliance with established standards and/or regulatory and accreditation requirements.
  4. Identify potential areas of concern/interest; interpret actual trends and develop reports that display variances from established standards of care or regulatory standards; summarize findings and draw conclusions; maintain ongoing variance reports and communicate findings to providers, clinical value improvement caregivers and/or leadership in a timely manner; work with providers to interpret data trends and/or variances.
  5. Maintain accuracy in abstraction or surveillance by following published guidelines and abstraction specifications; maintain accuracy and integrity of audit information by following standards and guidelines; facilitate and participate in quality assurance audits of abstracted/audited data to ensure a high level of inter-rater reliability among the clinical data abstractor team and achievement of acceptable validation results from external audits.
  6. Create case finding or internal audit reports in an acceptable format for additional review by providers, clinical value improvement caregivers and/or leadership. Flag and remove flags in the electronic health record and surveillance software using established procedures. Validate infection flags, isolation flags, and isolation orders for patients in the electronic medical record.
  7. Participate in teleconferences, webinars, and/or onsite educational opportunities. Share knowledge with clinical value improvement caregivers and teams
  8. Work collaboratively with key stakeholders to ensure accuracy of surveillance and interpretations of data and definitions.
  9. Create and support an environment that foster teamwork; works collaboratively with key stakeholders.
  10. Participate in team or committee meetings to present and discuss data and identify trends as appropriate.
  11. Develop standard score cards and reports to meet assigned area reporting metrics (regulatory, incentive and penalty programs, pay for performance) across inpatient and outpatient services.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree in healthcare related field or equivalent knowledge and skills obtained through a combination of education, training, and experience. Degree in epidemiology or statistics strongly preferred.


  • Minimum of three years healthcare, epidemiology, or public health experience required with strong preference of that experience from an acute care hospital setting.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and display flexibility in a fast paced and changing work environment.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills with proficiency in all other Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience in process/quality improvement, quality measurement, auditing, data analysis and reporting, and data integrity strongly preferred.



  • CPHQ preferred.



  • Proficient knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and understanding of disease processes, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostic studies.
  • Strong organization, analysis, software aptitude, and communication skills (both written & verbal).
  • Proficient skills in database management, spreadsheets, word processing, graphs and presentations.
  • Proficient with MS Office applications.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with physicians and clinicians required.Current knowledge of regulatory and accreditation requirements related to data abstraction and reporting, quality assurance, performance improvement and required measurement systems.



Infection Prevention:

  • Experience in statistical analysis and epidemiologic methods.



  • Work requires fairly light physical exertion from up to 65% of the time.  
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.      
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.       
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (up to 65% of work time).


Please apply online to be considered. For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.


About PeaceHealth


PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. 


We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at PeaceHealth and the Vancouver community please visit our homepage:


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Location: Vancouver, Shared Services Center (802)
Job Category:  Business, Administrative & Facilities 
Shift:  Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.0
Work Type:  Full Time
Hourly compensation starts at: $29.97, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: 


PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.


The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.


Posting Notes: Vancouver || Business, Administrative & Facilities || Risk Management & Quality || Full Time || QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma

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