Informatics Research Seminar: Barriers and Facilitators for Telehealth Implementation

Speaker: Saira N. Haque, PhD, MHSA

Presented from Duke

Broadcast Link: Seminar


Dr. Haque will present preliminary results from an evaluation of eight frontier critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the midst of a CMS-funded demonstration program to provide cost-based reimbursement for providing access to telehealth services. Researchers reviewed applications and progress reports for the demonstration program and conducted in-person site visits. Barriers to implementation included the availability of distant providers, workflow challenges and provider acceptance. The main facilitator to implementation was external support, including additional funding and resources. Lessons learned from this study can be used to inform other telehealth implementations in rural settings.


Saira N. Haque, PhD, MHSA, FAMIA is a senior health informaticist in RTI International’s eHealth, Quality and Analytics Division where she oversees the telehealth research portfolio.  Dr. Haque 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.  Her 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.  Dr. Haque holds a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor School of Public Health and a PhD in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University.


UNC Health Sciences Library & Carolina Health Informatics Program Presents:

Health Technology Symposium
Health Ethics at the Intersection of Data and Technology

Friday, November 30, 2018
9 am to 3 pm
Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The symposium will span a wide range of topics relating to the ethics of health technology. Speakers will include UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, researchers from nearby institutions, and representatives from industry, government, and non-profits.

Topics include ethical issues in genomics and precision medicine, the costs and benefits of technology-based clinical interventions, research ethics in the Big Data era, and the ways in which new technologies may alleviate or exacerbate existing inequities in treatment or research.

Symposium Website:

NEW AMIA 10 X 10 Course Registration Open Now!

AMIA 10×10 Data Standards for Learning Health Systems

January 22, 2019 —  March 27, 2019  now enrolling!

This course will explore the concept of learning health systems and closely examine the specific data standards required to support data exchange and re-use in this context. Learners will appreciate the heterogeneity and complexity of existing standards and identify opportunities to use them in organizational and research activities, including observational studies, pragmatic trials and quality improvement projects. Standards Development Organizations and processes for developing and defining standards will be discussed. Specific topics covered will include tools related to the planning phases for health information systems, as well as standards that support interoperability, including information models, terminology and coding systems, data transport syntax, and structured documents.  The development, functionality, uptake, and usability of standards from national and international perspectives are discussed, along with models for continuous use of clinical data for quality improvement and research. Students will have an opportunity to define a clinical question and various standards that support the application and evaluation of evidence in health care settings.

Topics:  Identifying and evaluating standards, understanding interactions between standards, terminologies and coding systems (SNOMED CT, ICD, CPT, LOINC, RxNorm, ICNP), data exchange standards (HL7 v2, v3, FHIR), HL7 CDA, standards for quality measurement and clinical decision support (HQMF, QDM, CQL, CDS Hooks), and common data models.


Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, FACMI
Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Systems & Analytics
Duke University School of Nursing
Associate Director for Research
Duke Center for Health Informatics

Logistics: Online & on-demand. Weekly videos, assignments, and online discussions. Optional live discussion via web-ex & face-to-face meeting at AMIA Informatics Summit on March 24, 2019 in San Francisco.

Tuition: $2,395  (discounted pricing for groups of 5 or more.)    49.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

AMIA’s 10×10 program uses content from partnering certified informatics training programs and other AMIA educational initiatives.

These courses are ideal for those looking to advance their health care profession with informatics training.

For more information and to register: