RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—RTI International (RTI), a nonprofit research institute, today announced that Laura Haak Marcial, PhD, Senior Health Informaticist and Director of the Data to Evidence program, has been named to the 2022 class of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fellows.
AMIA, the leading professional association for medical informatics professionals, created the AMIA Fellows (FAMIA) Applied Informatics Recognition Program to recognize AMIA members who apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, demonstrate professional achievement and leadership, and contribute to the betterment of the organization. This achievement signals that Dr. Marcial is an expert in evidence-based informatics practice and engaged with a community of life-long learners who apply the latest advances in informatics to improve health and health care.
Dr. Marcial has held many leadership roles for initiatives that create and assess electronic health information tools for clients such as the CDC, CMS, AHRQ, ONC, vendors and states. Among the many projects that served to support her appointment as an AMIA Fellow, Dr. Marcial has worked on several AHRQ-funded initiatives to develop shareable interoperable clinical decision support (CDS) to support shared decision making in chronic pain management and care coordination tools for people living with multiple chronic conditions. She has worked on several health IT evaluations including a CMS-funded Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research-based evaluation of radiology CDS (part of the CMMI Health Care Innovation Awards) published in JAMIA Open. Her published research on scientific data repositories and mobile devices led her to develop a research program on information search performance on desktop, tablet, and mobile computers. Dr. Marcial’s other research interests include public health informatics, human-computer interaction and usability, research methodology, analysis, and evaluation.
“We appreciate Laura’s contributions to the fields of informatics and clinical decision support,” said Dr. Lauren McCormack, Vice President of RTI’s Translational Health Science Division. “This recognition by AMIA, the premier organization in the healthcare informatics field, highlights important research she and others at RTI are doing to advance the science.”
New Fellows of AMIA are authorized to use the letters FAMIA in connection with their professional activities. A formal induction ceremony will be held at the AMIA 2022 Clinical Informatics Conference May 24-26 in Houston.