Alexa Ortiz is a health information technology researcher focused on improving the dissemination and adoption of health IT and public health interventions that engage populations underrepresented in biomedical research and 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 how health IT-focused interventions can be incorporated into the clinical environment to address barriers to care and improve patient outcomes.
Ms. Ortiz’s prior work includes the piloting and 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. She has also contributed to a rapid review to assess the effectiveness of synchronous Video-Teleconferencing visits, an evaluation to assess the use of Application Programming Interfaces in health care, and the evaluation of a FHIR-enabled app to promote care coordination for patients with multiple chronic conditions.
Ms. Ortiz is currently working on development of an implementation toolkit for Red Carpet Entry, a program that facilitates linkage to HIV medical care for those newly diagnosed and out-of-care HIV patients. She is also contributing to the development of innovative, impactful experiences designed to foster engagement with and retention in the All of Us Research Program.
Ms. Ortiz joined RTI in 2015. Her notable publications include Implementing web-based interventions in HIV primary care clinics, Effectiveness of an Interactive, Highly Tailored “Video Doctor” Intervention to Suppress Viral Load and Retain Patients With HIV in Clinical Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial and Video Teleconferencing for Disease Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment.