Dr. Saif Khairat is Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Khairat holds joint appointments at the Carolina Health Informatics Program, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and the School of Nursing. He is also the Director of the Carolina Applied Informatics Research (CAIR) group.
With over a decade of experiences, Dr. Khairat has led numerous national and international funded projects to enhance healthcare services and research, specifically within the informatics world. His research agenda comprises of two main areas: (1) telemedicine to bridge health disparities, and (2) health IT usability to improve patient safety.
As a health informatics expert, Dr. Khairat investigates the development, implementation, and evaluation of Health IT solutions to improve health equity and access, particularly, virtual care. He has authored over 80 influential scientific articles in more than 35 different peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has been an investigator for more than $7.5 million in research grants over the past five years. His work has been featured in major media outlets, including the Harvard Business Review (HBR), American Medical Association (AMA), and the AHRQ Patient Safety Net (PSNET).
In addition, Dr. Khairat provides expert opinion about Digital Health and Innovation to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Khairat helps nations reach and sustain digital health transformation within their healthcare system by conducting a needs analysis, building capacity, creating best-practices and actionable recommendations. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to the Inter-American Bank (IDB) to create a national policy and strategy telehealth framework for non-communicable diseases in low-middle income countries.
Dr. Khairat is a leader within the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He was inducted among the inaugural class of Fellows of AMIA in 2019. He serves as a Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Khairat earned his PhD in Health Informatics and bachelor’s and master’s in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, and MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Gilling’s School of Global Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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