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Fwd: Cardiac Biostatistician Job Posting

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From: Charlene Bradbury <cbradbur@sfu.ca>
Date: January 6, 2011 9:20:27 AM PST
To: Richard Lockhart <lockhart@cs.sfu.ca>
Subject: Fwd: Cardiac Biostatistician Job Posting

From: "Julia Zhu" <jzhu-02@phsa.ca>
To: "msgstt@uvic.ca" <msgstt@uvic.ca>, "Elaine@stat.ubc.ca" <Elaine@stat.ubc.ca>, "cbradbur@sfu.ca" <cbradbur@sfu.ca>, "statsgroup@hivnet.ubc.ca" <statsgroup@hivnet.ubc.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 3:57:26 PM
Subject: Cardiac Biostatistician Job Posting

Hello there,
Please help us to circulate the following job posting. Cardiac Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is looking for a statistician with 5 years relevant work experience with SAS, databases and R, strong communication skills, proven ability to work as a part of a team, as well as multi-tasking skills.
Please click the link below and submit the application online.
Thank you!
Julia Zhu, MSc
Data Analyst
604-875-7395 Phone
604-875-7364 Fax
700-1380 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H3
Cardiac Services BC

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Improvements through knowledge • Open to possibilities.


Cardiac Biostatistician
Vancouver, BC


Reporting to the either the Senior Cardiac Biostatistician or directly to the Director, Cardiac Biostatistics, the Cardiac Biostatistician is responsible for independent and collaborative analyses, interpretation and reporting of cardiac data for the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), the Ministry of Health and care providers in the Health Authorities within British Columbia. This position supports the monitoring of cardiac interventions and cardiac health service performance indicators for use in the planning, implementation and evaluation of cardiac care in the province. The Biostatistician is responsible for tracking trends and detecting emerging issues and associations between a wide range of cardiac risk factors, health determinants, cardiac services and health outcomes. The Biostatistician manages the preparation of annual, quarterly, period, and ad hoc reports and is responsible for ensuring high quality and accuracy of these reports.  In addition, this position manages the CIHI DAD Portal, extracting and preparing information from the national data warehouse.


  • Monitors and assesses cardiac health and service utilization trends to provide accurate and timely information for planning and policy-making purposes by performing duties such as data collection, extraction, linkage, analysis, literature review, data presentation, report writing, and information dissemination.
  • Provides support for the development and maintenance of data collection and recording systems such as databases, spreadsheets and Web sites, including the design of standard and ad hoc reports. Writes computer code and data queries to extract, capture and edit data.
  • Evaluates existing and emerging data collection/analysis technology and performs risk/impact analyses in support of the planning of system development, enhancement and maintenance.
  • Performs quantitative data analyses using descriptive and statistical methodologies and computerized statistical software. These include temporal trends and geographic variations in utilization and performance/quality measures (such as wait times, appropriateness, volumes, continuity of care, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and risk adjusted mortality) as well as demography, vital statistics, socioeconomic factors, environmental facts, health status and behavioural risk factor surveys.
  • Identifies and provides advice about data limitations and ensures adequate data quality for analytic purposes.
  • Links data sources from PHSA databases with other major health information systems such as the Ministry of Health (Vital Statistics, hospital discharge database, Pharmanet, Medical Services Plan). Maintains relationships with senior managers in these organizations; takes measures to protect all data and information being used to comply with protection of confidentiality and privacy policies.
  • Develops and produces summaries and reports that monitor mortality and morbidity trends, and health services utilization for selected cardiac interventions including health care system quality trends and variations.
  • Develops and produces reports that monitor and benchmark cost, utilization and other quality and performance indicators and communicates findings to PHSA staff and external stakeholders at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. Formulates recommendations based on findings, including program and costing recommendations.  Represents the PHSA in various forums as a speaker or contributor.
  • Supports requests for data and prepares a variety of documents such as briefing notes, presentations, summaries, and papers by performing duties such as extracting, manipulating, analyzing and summarizing data from or at the request of external organizations such as Health Canada, Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Ministry of Health, Health Data Warehouse, regional health authorities, First Nations agencies, universities and professional colleges; participates in the design and review of study protocols and creates statistical analysis plans and specification documents. Collaborates with Regional Health Authorities and Ministry of Health representatives, including the Provincial Health Officers Office, to coordinate, prioritize and facilitate data requests and analyses for BC Cardiac Data and linked data files.
  • Plans, develops and delivers training programs, initiatives and materials related to cardiac research and data analyses in collaboration with PHSA staff and other organizations throughout the province.
  • Manages the CIHI Discharge Abstract Portal. Develops national comparative indicators by accessing the CIHI DAD Portal, develops report formats and extraction algorithms, prepares summary analyses and contributes to the National Collaborative to enhance the Portal.
  • Identifies learning needs that contribute to skill enhancement and career progression for self and fosters a working environment that stimulates learning and inquiry for self and others. Takes responsibility for keeping self up-to-date regarding new initiatives, developments and trends in statistical analysis, cardiac utilization and health services issues through literature review, contact with peers at other organizations, professional associations and attendance at conferences, seminars, workshop and education programs. Communicates information and makes recommendations to the Senior Cardiac Research Biostatistician for evaluation and approval.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Masters in Health Statistics, Health Information Science, Computer Science, Epidemiology or Health Statistics plus a minimum of five (5) years recent related experience in community health and/or the health information field.


Demonstrated knowledge of cardiac disease and interventions. Advanced knowledge of descriptive statistics, statistical inference and modeling. Knowledge of database management principles. Advanced knowledge of relevant database, spreadsheet, statistical, graphical, presentation, communication and Web software applications. Strong analytical, problem-solving and system analysis skills including the ability to comprehend complex issues and related data/information and present information in concise meaningful ways. Ability to develop complex and customized queries and reports. Ability to function in a self-directed manner. Excellent ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with a variety of people. Excellent time management skills. Demonstrated ability to respond to the needs of stakeholders supported by an acute awareness of the impact of actions. Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks. Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.


We invite you to apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button where you can register for the first time or enter your Username and Password in order to re-access your profile on our system.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
For more information on all that the PHSA has to offer, please visit: http://careers.phsa.ca
The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Charlene Bradbury
Undergraduate Secretary / Financial Clerk
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science
Simon Fraser University
Phone: 778-782-3803  Fax: 778-782-4368
Web: http://www.stat.sfu.ca