Research Analyst I - Horizon Scanning
Job Details
Remote - , PA
Fully Remote
Full Time
Master's Degree Required
Health Care

Why Choose ECRI?

ECRI is an inspiring place to work. We share a common mission to help healthcare organizations make smart, compassionate, and ethical decisions for patients. Consider these additional benefits of joining the ECRI team:

  • Industry leadership: We have a long history and proven reputation in patient safety and medical technology research.
  • On-the-job-learning: You will have the opportunity to work with specialists across medical science, patient care, healthcare management, and technology.
  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits: We offer medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, and disability coverage.
  • Retirement Savings: Our employees can participate in an employer-matching 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan.
  • Additional benefits: ECRI offers additional benefits to our employees, including paid time off and holiday pay, paid leave for parents, tuition assistance, employee assistance program, access to LinkedIn Learning, and other voluntary benefit programs (e.g. accident insurance, identify theft insurance, flexible spending accounts).
  • Volunteer Program: ECRI Cares, our employee volunteer program, provides a framework for us to work together and make a difference in the lives of others. All employees are provided 16 hours annually of paid time to volunteer at preapproved ECRI Cares charities during normal business hours.


At ECRI, our passion for safe, effective, and efficient care is ingrained into the fabric of who we are and why we are here. For more than 50 years, the people of ECRI have been unyielding in their work to protect patients from unsafe and ineffective medical technologies and practices. Now, with the acquisition of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), we have created one of the largest healthcare quality and safety entities in the world.

As a non-profit, independent organization, we utilize an unbiased, evidence-based approach to develop guidance, and maintain our principles of integrity and transparent work. Our ethical standards have led us to adopt the industry's strictest conflict-of-interest policies, and they are why tens of thousands of healthcare leaders worldwide rely on ECRI to guide their clinical, operational, and strategic decisions across all sites of care.

The Most Trusted Voice in Healthcare

ECRI is proud to serve the healthcare industry, from providers and insurers to government agencies, and medical associations. Our areas of focus include:

  • Patient Safety: empowering leaders to eliminate patient harm through the dissemination of best practices, guidance, benchmarking, and recommendations.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine: providing clinical evidence to inform and support decisions on the effectiveness of medical technologies, procedures, genetic tests, and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Technology Decision Support: arming hospital systems with unbiased insights, so they can optimize their supply chain.

ECRI is the only organization worldwide to conduct independent medical device evaluations, with labs located in North America and Asia Pacific. ECRI is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

At ECRI, our passion for the truth drives us to go further and dig deeper in our pursuit to advance effective, evidence-based healthcare globally.

The success of our organization relies on the kind of creative thinking that can only result from a diverse team of individuals. ECRI is proud to be an employer of choice with an inclusive environment for all employees. As part of this goal and in compliance with various laws and regulations, ECRI provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees.

It's what makes ECRI unique, and why we are the most trusted voice in healthcare.


The Horizon Scanning (HS) Analyst I reviews information on novel healthcare interventions and innovations (e.g., treatments, vaccines, systems and management innovations, devices, screening and diagnostics) to identify topics and trends with potential for high impact to important patient outcomes, public health, the healthcare system, and society. The Analyst I performs preliminary research on topics, writes short profiles, identifies potential external expert reviewers, and synthesizes reviewer comments to prepare reports on topics and trends with highest potential for disruption. The Analyst I is expected to maintain knowledge of new developments in assigned clinical areas, study design, and important new scientific discoveries in understanding fundamental aspects of disease states. The Analyst I attends all horizon scanning team meetings and participates as a voting member at topic and trend nomination meetings. The Analyst I participates in leads review, topic and trend identification and nomination, database content creation, topic and trend profile development, and report writing.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statements(s):

  • Review information leads in assigned clinical area(s) to identify potential interventions and trends with high disruptive potential on individual patient outcomes, public health, and/or the healthcare system in the United States
  • Write profiles summarizing key information for each topic or trend selected during the nomination process in assigned clinical areas
  • Verbally present identified interventions and trends at nomination meetings
  • Update topic and trend database content as new information becomes available
  • Review in-depth search results from medical librarians on interventions and trends selected during nomination in assigned clinical areas
  • Write profiles detailing the PICO (patient population, intervention, comparators, outcomes) and other key information for each intervention selected during the nomination process in assigned clinical areas and identify potential expert reviewers
  • Write profiles describing each potentially disruptive trend selected during the nomination process in assigned clinical areas
  • Analyze and synthesize reviewer ratings and comments from physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, health systems professionals, researchers, patients, caregivers, and others to assess an interventions or trends potential to disrupt the healthcare system in the United States
  • Expand written profiles to include analysis of reviewer ratings and comments
  • Maintain thorough understanding of the key clinical research developments and major scientific trends in the assigned clinical areas
  • Apply understanding of U.S. regulatory processes, coverage, coding, payment, etc.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Attend and contribute to team meetings
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Accountability Metrics:

  • Meet deadlines as assigned
  • Maintain high quality standards



  • 1 or more years experience in a clinical or research healthcare environment
  • Broad and comprehensive knowledge of common disease etiologies, processes, and treatments
  • Working knowledge (preferred) of disease states and treatments for two or more of the following clinical areas: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, mental and behavioral health conditions, or rare diseases
  • Understanding of pharmacology and other treatment modalities (e.g., biologics, cell and gene therapies, devices, surgical procedures)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to distill highly technical information into content accessible to wide audience
  • Demonstrated ability to meet aggressive deadlines
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, production-oriented environment
  • Must be a well-organized self-starter and proficient multi-tasker


  • Masters or PhD degree in a scientific or medical discipline (e.g., physiology, pharmacology, molecular genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, microbiology, or immunology) or clinical healthcare professional with advanced degree is required.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 Suite of products (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Experience with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint is helpful.

Certifications & Licenses:

  • N/A


Not Applicable (N)

Activity is not applicable to this position.

Occasionally (O)

Position required this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5 hours a day)

Frequently (F)

Position requires this activity from 34% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.25 hours a day)

Constantly (C)

Position Requires this actively more than 66% of the time (5.25+ hours a day)





10 lbs or less




11-20 lbs




21-50 lbs


Manually Manipulate


51-100 lbs




Over 100 lbs


Reach Outward


Reach Above Shoulder





12 lbs or less




12-25 lbs




26-40 lbs


Squat or Kneel


41-100 lbs




Other Physical Requirements

  • Vision (Near)


  • Virtual Work Environment


Equal Opportunity Employer-Disability and Veteran