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Q & A with a Business Intelligence Developer

December 16, 2019

Rachel is a Business Intelligence (BI) Developer at HPHA. She joined the team in September of 2019.

Favourite Movie: Pearl Harbour

Favourite Food: Definitely steak!

What is a BI Developer?

A BI Developer is responsible for providing an organization with the information that they need to make informed decisions and solve problems. We do this through compiling, organizing and analyzing organizational data; which then allows us to develop and create reports and dashboards with data visualizations. A BI Developer has strong knowledge of databases, architecture, design and coding. BI Developers have the utmost concern for data quality and data integrity.

What is your educational background?

I went to Conestoga College and took the Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (Honours) program. This was a four year degree, that included two placements and an eight month co-op. It was through my final placement that I landed my job as BI Developer at HPHA. During the summer of 2019 I worked at HPHA one day a week on report automation, which lead to being offered a full time position.

What made you enter your field of work?

I entered the world of health informatics so that I could make a difference and improve healthcare through the use of health information technology. I am passionate about data and the story that it can tell. Through the appropriate use of data, we have the power to create efficiencies, improve quality and explore new opportunities. How is that not awesome?!

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy this work because I have the ability to have a positive impact on performance and productivity through the development of robust solutions. Each day is different and offers new challenges. I am in a position where I am constantly learning and building on my knowledge and skills. I love that I have the opportunity to work with so many different programs within HPHA. I also thoroughly enjoy the Decision Support and Financial Planning team I work with!

When you tell people what you do how do they react?

Often times people will look at me with a blank face and say, “wow”. This is the indication that they have absolutely no idea what I do and I will have to provide them with a fairly simple explanation. Thus far, out of my family and friends I have came across two people who actually knew and understood what I do. That was a very exciting moment!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am a dairy farmer along with my husband’s family, near St. Marys. We milk 50 cows with a Lely Robot and run 500 acres. I grew up on a dairy farm near Milverton and as a kid always opted to be in the barn helping my dad. Often times after work you will find me in the barn doing chores!