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Alphonse Derus

Alphonse Derus

Applications Engineer

Kaiser Permanente | Seattle, WA


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Dr. Semmelweis and the Discovery of Handwashing

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Data Scientist

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Introduction to Python

Inquisitive analyst, forever asking 'Why?' to uncover the truth in data.

My Work

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Introduction to R


Introduction to Python


Intermediate Python

DataCamp Course Completion

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My Work Experience

Where I've interned and worked during my career.

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute | Dec 2020 - Present

Data Warehouse Engineer


Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute | Sep 2018 - Dec 2020

Programmer Analyst


Kaiser Permanente | Sep 2013 - Sep 2018

Senior Research Data Analyst


NORC at the University of Chicago | Apr 2012 - May 2013

Research Data Analyst

• Supported operations of the NORC Data Enclave, a secure remote data access facility that houses SBU data including Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Medicare Data Research Identifiable Files (RIFs), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Resource Management Survey (ARMS). • Guided researchers using the Data Enclave with technical assistance including simple troubleshooting, program editing, contacting with study data coordinators, and directed NORC engineers to develop safe solutions in compliance with data use agreements (DUAs) and relevant regulations. • Analyzed data, assessed results, drafted reports, and recommended action where necessary under direction of research scientists. • Contributed sections for grant proposals resulting in $6,000,000 in new work. • Edited draft deliverables for external projects for content, grammar, formatting, and citations. • Curated and analyzed sixteen years of National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS) data for a final report. • Conceptualized continuous improvement solutions (e.g., automate technical training by delivering credentials through a secure web portal and make video training available to setup accounts, demonstrate multi-factor authentication, use Citrix, apply survey weights, and request disclosure review).
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University Hospitals of Cleveland | Dec 2008 - Apr 2012

Data Coordinator

• Collaborated with a team of psychiatric professionals, epidemiologists, statisticians, and trauma researchers to meet the operational needs of a 10- year prospective longitudinal study of military personnel examining risk and resilience factors for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder. • Quality assured, entered, cleaned, coded, and managed survey data and metadata. • Created real-time report tables using PL/SQL with Oracle to ensure protocol adherence and study progress. • Engineered electronic forms with complicated rule-based skip patterns derived from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Psychiatric Disorders to improve accuracy and ease of data collection. • Produced limited data set extracts for external analysts according to technical specifications of the Associate Director of Data Management and Statistical Analysis Unit and legal requirements of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). • Coordinated with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to allow electronic informed consent through digital signatures to minimize data collector burden and reduce the potential of breach/respondent re-identification. • Attended trainings and presentations for human research protection practices including a conference presented by the Office of Human Research Protections to keep up to date with the most current practices and innovations.

My Education

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MS, Biomedical InformaticsNova Southeastern University | 2013
BS, PsychologyLoyola University Chicago | 2008

About Me

Alphonse Derus

I've worked with healthcare data for a long time, helping scientists and business partners think through problems, come up with solutions, and ways to measure them.

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