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Oncology Data Specialist


UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is currently hiring a full-time Oncology Data Specialist. This will be a Monday through Friday, daylight position. The office is located at Shadyside Place, but this position does have the capability to work from home.

The Onocology Data Specialist will perform the abstracting functions of the UPMC McKeesport, Mercy, and Bedford facilities as well as any other UPMC facility, standalone cancer center, or office location assigned by the Manger. This role will require you to interact effectively, courteously, and tactfully with physicians and other health care professionals to promote the registry and motivate its use. Perform daily registry operations in accordance with UPMC Network Registry policies and procedures.

The daily responsibilities will include abstracting and coding core clinical data using appropriate classifications systems; analyzing medical records according to published guidelines and requirements of UPMC, American College of Surgeons (ACoS), Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO), as well as obtaining long term follow up data for end results reporting.


  • Maintain a follow up success rate of at least 90% for cases abstracted in a five-year timeframe, 80% for entire database.
  • Timely and complete abstracting reviewing at the required standard that is dependent on the annual caseload.
  • Maintain minimally, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health standard, a data quality level of at least 97% for data items reviewed.
  • Perform other functions and tasks required to maintain a current and accurate database and stay in compliance with the requirements of UPMC, American College of Surgeons (ACoS), Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO).



  • High school diploma.
  • Associate's or B.S. degree in Health Information Management preferred.
  • 1 year oncology or abstracting experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficient in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, abstracting techniques, AJCC and SEER summary staging systems, ICDO, ICD-9-CM, and/or other clinical coding systems.
  • Experience with hospital data systems, Microsoft Office software products and/or personal computers.
  • Accurate and efficient keyboarding skills necessary to meet productivity standards.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) preferred. Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) preferred.

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  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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