Alexa Ortiz is a health information technology researcher focused on addressing barriers to care and improving patient outcomes. She also works to improve the dissemination and adoption of health IT and public health interventions that target gaps within the current U.S. health care system. As a registered nurse with several years of experience in inpatient and outpatient care, Ms. Ortiz has firsthand knowledge of health IT in the clinical environment. Her research experience also includes health IT literature reviews, stakeholder interviews, project management, and research dissemination and health communication.
Ms. Ortiz’s current projects include two separate evaluations of FHIR-enabled apps: the e-Care Plan App pilot of a patient-facing and provider-facing app to promote care coordination for patients with multiple chronic conditions, and an app to support patient referrals to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Information Resource Center. She is also working on an evaluation of Positive Health Check, a video counseling intervention that delivers highly tailored prevention messages to people living with HIV during their primary care clinic appointments, and leading the communication efforts for the Community Benefit Insight tool, the first tool to provide data to the public on non-profit hospital community benefit spending.
Ms. Ortiz joined RTI in 2015. Her notable publications include Implementing web-based interventions in HIV primary care clinics: Pilot implementation evaluation of positive health check, and Principles for developing innovative HIV digital health interventions: The case of positive health check.
She is also a routine contributor to the Medical Care Blog.