Sutter Health Infection Control Data Technician (Per Diem) in Sacramento, California



Under direction of the unit leader, collects, compiles and presents clinical data for assigned area, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and accessibility of information. Maintains clinical and/ or research databases for identified programs/ specialty clinics. Collects data used for multiple purposes, which may include process improvement activities and clinical effectiveness/ research studies. May prepare information for patient/ family

education and/ or participate in community outreach activities.

Principal Accountabilities

Community - Promotes a positive relationship between Sutter Health and the community. May assist team

members at events such as health fairs and community forums by providing outreach literature to the public,

answering questions about the clinic/ program, setting-up and taking down booths, assembling information

needed for the forum, etc. May prepare packets of information for use in community outreach events.

Finance - Utilizes resources to support delivery of quality care in a safe, efficient, and cost effective manner.

May assign ICD9 procedure codes.

Growth - Supports the development and improvement of patient and family program/ specialty clinics through

performance of job duties. May assist with planning and implementation of research studies, by obtaining

patient informed consent.

People - Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare support team in a professional manner

according to facility's Standards to promote a positive work environment. Maintains computer files and

systems. Maintains files of reference materials, relevant reports, correspondence and department records.

May research and evaluate medical literature on the Internet and prepare reference materials for professional/

patient education. May maintain office supplies. May review and revise departmental/service manuals.

Quality - Performs data support that assists care-givers in providing optimal care to patient/family which is

collaborative, evidence-based and meets national/facility standards to achieve best possible outcome. This

includes identifying and abstracting patient and/or employee data from sources such as Sutter or non-Sutter

medical records, pre-hospital care reports, employee injury reports and healthcare provider verbal report.

Accurately enters all abstracted information into registry software /department data base within specified

timelines. Conducts data validation/ focused audits to assure accuracy and completeness. This may require

adding missing data elements as information becomes available. Pulls data from the registry/ department

data base for preparation of scheduled and ad-hoc reports/ presentations, ensuring accuracy of results. May

respond to inquiries related to report results. When appropriate, submits data to external agencies/ clinical


Service - Performs duties according to the Sutter Difference standards and activities to assist care-givers in

ensuring the best patient/family experience. Completes a variety of department projects simultaneously and

within established time frames. Practices active listening and responds appropriately to questions or written

communication. Works with all customers in a courteous and respectful manner. Actively seeks the answer to

inquiries/ requests to meet customer expectations. If the answer is not immediately available, responds back

to the customer in a timely manner. Appropriately triages phone inquiries to others when appropriate. May

communicate clinical information such as normal lab/ test results and prescription refills as directed by

appropriate healthcare provider.



Education, including Licensure/ Certification/ Registration

May require current valid CA Driver's license and current auto insurance. Current CPR Certification is

preferred. Metabolic Clinic: CPR is required within 90 days of hire.

Requires a high school graduate or equivalent. AA degree in a health-related field or an equivalent

combination of education and experience is required. College course work in business, computer technology,

statistics, database management, or related fields is desirable. Bachelors degree or equivalent experience

and education is preferred.

Infection Control: requires college coursework in anatomy and physiology,

microbiology, and medical terminology and additional education in data abstraction principles and guidelines,

basic math and statistical methodologies. Metabolic: AA degree or certification as an MA in CA or equivalent



Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access is required. Knowledge of medical

terminology, anatomy, and physiology sufficient to evaluate, abstract, and code specific diagnosis and

treatment information from patient medical records required. Data abstraction principles and guidelines, basic

math and ability to perform basic analytical calculations is required. Must have working knowledge of

regulations regarding confidentiality, release of medical information and the role of regulatory agencies in

assigned setting, Knowledge of community health resources is preferred.

Trauma: Knowledge of ICD-9 coding required.

Infection Control: Knowledge of microbiology is required, TJC requirements for an effective

Infection Control Program is preferred.


Ability to review and abstract information from the medical record and/or various external database, such as

the California Perinatal Quality Collaborative (CPQCC) and VPS, is required. Experience with a applicable

registry software/ department data base desirable. Experience interacting with regulatory agencies helpful.

Some clerical experience helpful. Infection Control: Prior experience in the acute care setting is required.

Experience in the data and surveillance requirements for participation In the National Nosocomial Infections

Surveillance program from the Centers for Disease Control is preferred. Metabolic Clinic: prior experience in a

healthcare setting is required. Prior experience in a pediatric outpatient setting is preferred. Experience

functioning in a multidisciplinary team and/ or research experience is preferred.


Under the direction of the department director or designee, prioritizes and manages multiple demands in an

ever changing environment. Must have strong attention to detail and exercise good judgment with minimal

supervision. Must have the ability to accurately identify, read, interpret and abstract written and transcribed

documents in the medical record as well as the ability to enter complete data into the registry/ department

data base. Requires strong typing and computer skills (data entry/retrieval techniques and troubleshooting)

including spread sheets and word processing and internet research. Excellent written and verbal

communication/ interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with individuals of varying organization levels is

required. Requires organization skills, along with persistence in data collection, review and reporting.

Primary Location: California, Greater Sacramento Area, Sacramento

Organization: Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: No

Position Status: Non-Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day/Evening

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: Every Other Weekend

Schedule: Per Diem

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: per diem

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.