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Saif Khairat, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor Health Care Systems, Health Disparities, Healthcare Communication, Outcomes Research, Quality and Safety, Social Determinants of Health 919.843.5413

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 439

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Dr. Saif Khairat is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Previously, Dr. Khairat served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota where he led a federally funded telehealth center with a catchment area of 18 million individuals.

As an informatics expert, Dr. Khairat focuses on using novel mixed-methods data collection approach coupled with complex data analysis for big datasets. He has authored more than 50 scientific articles in 25 different, peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has served as an investigator for more than $2.5 million in research grants over the past 5 years. His research investigates the development, implementation, and evaluation of Health IT solutions in particular, EHRs and Telehealth systems. Dr. Khairat has consistently published at high-impact journals such as JAMA Open, JAMIA, JMIR, among others.

Dr. Khairat is a leader within the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He was recently inducted among the inaugural class of Fellows of AMIA. Among his roles, he serves as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the annual symposium; he is Chair of the Education Committee, and past-Chair of the Education Working Group at AMIA. Dr. Khairat earned his PhD in Health Informatics and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, and MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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2016 Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
2012 Best of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2012 The Paths Toward Informatics Careers in the Post-HITECH Era
2011 Informatics Institue (MUII) Research Fellowship, For Recognized ICU Clinical Communication Research
2010 Curator’s Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Scholarship, For continued success in educational endeavors
2008 – 2010 Graduate Assistantship, University of Missouri
2006 – 2008 Teaching Assistantship, University of Missouri, For outstanding teaching evaluations
2005 General Honors Certificate, MU, For completing Honors courses with excellent GPA
2004 – 2005 Computer Science Dean’s List, University of Missouri
2004 National Scholars Honor Society
2004 National Society of Collegiate Scholars, For outstanding academic achievement
2003 Kappa Mu Epsilon, For attained academic distinction

Books and Chapters

Khairat S. Clinical Content Tracking System. VDM-Verlag. Saarbrücken, Germany, 2009. Pages 99.

Khairat, S., & Rudrapatna, V. (2014). Building a Telemedicine Framework to Improve the Interactions between Cancer Patients and Oncology Triage Nurses. In Duffy V, editor. Digital Human Modeling Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management: Springer International Publishing, 377-84.

Khairat, S., & Gong, Y. (2011). Clinical Communication: Human-Computer and Human-Human Interactions Human-Computer Interaction. Users and Applications. In Jacko J, editor  Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 182-91.

Refereed Journal Publications

Khairat S., Coleman C, Ottmar P, Jayachander DI, Bice T, Carson SS. (2020). Association of Electronic Health Record Use With Physician Fatigue and Efficiency. JAMA Netw Open;3(6):e207385. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.7385.

Khairat S., Xi L, Liu S, Shrestha S, Austin C. (2020). Understanding the Association Between Electronic Health Record Satisfaction and the Well-Being of Nurses: Survey Study. JMIR Nursing;3(1):e13996. URL: DOI: 10.2196/13996.

Coleman C, Gotz D, Eaker S, James E, Bice T, Carson C, Khairat S. (2020). Analysing EHR navigation patterns and digital workflows among physicians during ICU pre-rounds. Health Inf Manag. 2020;1833358320920589. doi:10.1177/1833358320920589.

McNeil H, Khairat S. (2020). “The Effects of ICU Readmissions on Patient Outcomes and the Evaluation of a Risk Stratification Tool to Prevent Readmissions: A Literature Review”. JMIR Perioperative Medicine. In Print.

Khairat, S., Meng, C., Xu, Y., Edson, B., & Gianforcaro, R. (2020). Interpreting COVID-19 and Virtual Care Trends: Cohort Study. JMIR public health and surveillance, 6(2), e18811.

Long, S., Monsen, A. K., Pieczkiewicz, D., Wolfson, J., & Khairat, S. (2017). Predicting Consumer Effort in Finding and Paying for Health Care: Expert Interviews and Claims Data Analysis. JMIR Med Inform, 5(4), e39. doi:10.2196/medinform.7892.

 Long, J. E., Khairat, S., Chmelo, E., & Palmer, M. H. (2017). Mind over bladder: Women, aging, and bladder health. Geriatr Nurs. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.09.003.

Khairat, S., Sandefer, R., Marc, D., Pyles, L. (2016). A review of biomedical and health informatics education: A workforce training framework. Journal of Hospital Administration. Vol. 5, No 5. DOI: 10.5430/jha.v5n5p10.

Hultman, G., Marquard, J., Arsoniadis, E., Mink, P., Rizvi, R., Ramer, T., Khairat, S., Fickau, K., & Melton, G. B. (2016). Usability Testing of Two Ambulatory EHR Navigators. Appl Clin Inform, 7(2), 502-515. doi:10.4338/aci-2015-10-ra-0129.

Rafiei, M., Pieczkiewicz, D., Khairat, S., Westra,  B. L., & Adam, T. (2014). Systemized nomenclature of medicine clinical terms for the structured expression of perioperative medication management recommendations. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 71 (23), 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026-2027.

Khairat, S., & Gong, Y. A. (2012). Task Analysis of ICU Attending Physicians During Rounds: Utilizing Clinical Informatics. Journal of Selected Areas in Health Informatics (JSAHI), 2, (10).

 Khairat, S., Craven, C. K., & Gong, Y. (2012).  Understanding Human-Computer Interactions in Intensive Care Unit Clinical Communication. International Journal of Computational Models and Algorithms in Medicine (IJCMAM), 14-31.

Khairat, S., & Gong, Y. (2011). ICU Communication Representation: Clinician-Clinician and Clinician-Computer Interactions. J Health Med Informat. S1.doi:10.4172/2157-7420.S1-001.


Role Title Total Award Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Co-I A Collaboration for the NIH Data Commons $1,224,574 10% National Institute for Health (NIH) 9/27/2017- 6/30/2018

(Site PI)

Investigating teleconsent to improve clinical research access in remote communities $238,125 15% National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences 8/01/2017- 7/31/2019
PI Clinical Informatics: Secondary Use of EHR Data to Better Train Future Healthcare Workforce $6,500 N/A Data@Carolina

University of North Carolina- chapel Hill

PI VICUT: A Clinician-Centered Visualization Dashboard to Improve ICU Patient Information Representation and Delivery $7,500 N/A UNC Office of the Provost 1/1/2016-


Co-PI Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program $975,000 20% Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) 9/01/2013-


Consultant University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) $42,747,794 10% National Institutes for Health (NIH) 1/03/2014-


  • Clinical Communication in Critical Care settings
  • Human Factors in Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems
  • Patient Safety and EHR use
  • Telemedicine/Telehealth
  • Usability in Cancer Research