Saif Khairat, Ph.D.

Saif Khairat, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor

Academic Employment

  • 2015 - Present: Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • 2012 - 2014: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota
  • 2010: Research Associate at Harvard Medical School

Professional Service

Memberships and positions held in professional organizations:

  • 2016 - 2018: AMIA Education Committee
  • 2016 - 2018: AMIA Working Group Steering Committee
  • 2014 - 2016: AMIA Working Group Steering Committee
  • 2015 - 2016: AMIA Chair: Education Working Group
  • 2013 - Present: AMIA Clinic Informatic's Board Review Course (CIBR Item Writing Committee)
  • 2012 - Present: AMIA Intensive Care Informatics Working Group
  • 2012 - Present: University of Minnesota Clinical Translational Science Institute Biomedical Informatics (CTSI-NMI)

Degrees and Certifications

    • MPH, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2017
    • Ph.D., Healthcare Informatics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011
    • M.S., Computer Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2007
    • B.S., Computer Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2005

Teaching Responsibilities

    • HINF 552 Evidence Based Practice & Clinical Decision Support
    • Teaches graduates Clinical Informatics, Health Informatics and Computer Sciences in other universities

Research Interests and Grants

    Patient safety and quality of care research are expanding beyond the traditional focus on healthcare services and performance to encompass other qualitative and quantitative criterion of growing importance; such as medical errors, clinical communication, and human factors. Clinical informatics combines qualitative and quantitative methods with information technology solutions to reach better clinical outcomes and enhanced quality of care. Among other goals, informatics aims at detecting and understanding patterns and associations in complex clinical tasks by combining a set of multidisciplinary theories and methods.

    My research strives to bring us closer to the goal of effectively combining and using health sciences to improve clinical practice and outcomes. Currently, my research focuses on utilizing mixed method approaches to enhance Patient-Provider and Provider-Provider communication in the areas of cancer and diabetes. In the past, my research included Intensive Care Unit (ICU) clinical communication, and the main cause of medical errors, with a concentration on human- human and human-computer interactions. This includes studying interruptive factors during communication, communication task analysis, computer interaction analysis, and effective use of feedback. Along with continuing my current research, my future goals include developing new research methodologies, conducting comparative-effectiveness studies, and applying knowledge representation and management approaches.

Saif Khairat

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Healthcare Informatics
    Ctr for Healthcare Education
    College of Health Professions
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