RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—October 31, 2018—RTI International, a leading nonprofit research institute, today announced that Saira Haque, PhD, MHSA, senior health informaticist and director of telehealth research, has been named to the inaugural class of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fellows. AMIA, the leading professional association for medical informatics professionals, created the 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.
Calling this credential “the new hallmark of applied informatics professionals,” AMIA president and CEO Douglas B. Fridsma, MD added that the new AMIA Fellows (FAMIA) apply evidence-based practices and continuous learning to the latest advances in informatics to improve health and health care. FAMIA recognizes professionals who apply informatics skills and knowledge towards the goals of enhanced personal and population health, improved organization performance and learning, and individual empowerment in their health, care and research.
Dr. Haque oversees RTI’s work in telehealth and she has held many leadership roles in mixed-methods evaluations, policy analysis, case study development, and workflow analysis 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 include her leading development of a telehealth readiness assessment toolkit. Haque’s other areas of interest are the use of technology to address behavioral health including substance use disorders, health information exchange, public and population health, and the intersection of technology and organizations. Her background includes a variety of consulting, research and operations positions for provider organizations and health plans.
“We are proud of Saira and her many accomplishments in advancing RTI’s work in health informatics and particularly Telehealth,” said Linda Dimitropoulos, PhD, Vice President of the Division of eHealth, Quality and Analytics and the RTI Center for Health Care Advancement. “This recognition by AMIA, the premier organization in the healthcare informatics field, shines a welcome spotlight on Saira and demonstrates that RTI is working at the leading edge of the field.”
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 2019 Clinical Informatics Conference in Atlanta, April 30 – May 2, 2019.