Imaging Data Associate

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


Reporting to the Imaging Support Services Manager, this mission critical position is responsible for data logistics activities involved in the electronic management, retrieval, and transmittal of imaging data sets. The Image Data Associate (IDA) works in a busy environment with a high patient volume, managing complex technical tasks while balancing multiple real-time priorities, being responsible for offering exemplary customer service and resolving and triaging issues presented during both face-to-face or telephone interactions. 

This position includes the data retrieval and transmission from electronic software applications, quality control, acting as the escalation point for issues presented by remote uploading stations, and data transmittal to DFCI Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC), clinical trial sponsors and Clinical Research Organization (CRO) in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and 21 Code of Federal Regulators (CFR) Part 11 and DFCI standing operating procedures.



  1. Adheres to established departmental policies and procedures; fosters communication and collaboration among the clinical, technical and support staff; ensures that business and patient information is properly handled according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), GCP and CFR, Part 11 guidelines.
  1. Understands who the DFCI customer base is, internal and external customers; demonstrates excellent customer service skills in accordance with the DFCI Customer Service Standards, resolving all customer service issues; responds timely and accurately to the needs of customers; synthesizes and communicates complex information in patient friendly terms; Interacts directly with patients to fulfill requests via telephone, facsimile, e-mail and through written correspondence, providing specific information within their scope of knowledge and authority
  2. Maintains a level of competency in all operational systems (Epic, Outlook, QuickBase, Visage, PowerShare, ETIAM, LifeImage and various research software as applicable); accesses patient or exam data via the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Health Information Services (HIS), Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and related IS systems to obtain information which may be directly or indirectly pertinent to completing a clinical request
  3. Responsible for the receipt of all outside imaging sent to DFCI, tracking and prioritizing workflow based on patient/provider appointments; directs activities relating to applicable image upload software, creating orders in the EMR to import images received via electronic transfer or digital media to PACS, ensuring adherence to established procedures and priorities; responsible for outreach to other departments for missing upload request forms, tracking all requests and communicating completed requests to the provider. Enters data into patient-care related databases; responsible for outreach to outside entities and patients to connect to our electronic image sharing platform; responsible for monitoring requests from outside entities to connect with the DFCI electronic image sharing platform
  4. Uses the digital hard copy unit for burning images to CD/ DVD or uses electronic transfer applications for patients, providers and outside hospitals, fulfilling requests to electronically transmit, mail or FedEx imaging studies to outside entities; follows multi-step processing of electronic image data sets and related documentation for patients, legal offices, insurance agents, etc. following established HIPAA guidelines
  5. Participates in precepting new team members on operational workflows and policies, and/or provides specialized training (Epic, departmental databases, etc.).
  1. Ensures that all appropriate regulatory, accreditation, and institutional requirements are met, and participates in departmental and institutional quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI) programs.
  2. Demonstrates flexibility in traveling and performing image data associate services at all DFCI imaging locations.
  3. Performs all other duties and responsibilities as directed.



  • Associate degree required or equivalent work experience, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Prior IT and customer service experience preferred.


  • Excellent English language reading, writing and speaking skills required
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to perform under pressure
  • Proficiency with Windows and Mac operating systems
  • Familiarity with database and spreadsheet programs such as MS Access and Excel
  • Strong organizational, quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task and function as an integral member of the team
  • Ability to adapt to ever-changing environment and able to toggle between multiple systems during the day
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to take on additional responsibilities as situations require

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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