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Dr. Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild

Health Information Technology/Informatics Research Portfolio Manager
Defense Health Agency

Dr. Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild is the Health Information Technology/Informatics Research Portfolio Manager for the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency, serving at Medical Research and Materiel Command Joint Program Committee 1 at

Fort Detrick, MD.  Dr Schlachta-Fairchild coordinates with strategic Health Information Technology (HIT) and Informatics leaders in Army,Navy, Air Force, and Marines, as well as research experts in DoD and Federal Agencies to develop, select and monitor a research portfolio of studies aimed to improve and quality, efficiency, and patient outcomes for military healthcare in theater/wartime and in peacetime. She insures military HIT/Informatics research meets the strategic current and future needs of the military healthcare system and monitors technology trends for future studies; insures dissemination of research knowledge, products and services from the research investments.  Dr Schlachta-Fairchild is a retired US Army Nurse Corps officer, a researcher, healthcare administrator and an international expert in telehealth, telemedicine and telenursing.  Dr. Schlachta-Fairchild has over 70 US and international publications and presentations. Her Bachelors Degree in Nursing is from University of Maryland/Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing; Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, and Ph.D. from Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Schlachta-Fairchild is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as Co-Founder & First Chairperson of the  Telenursing Working Group of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Dr Schlachta-Fairchild is an avid hockey fan (Go Capitals!), and serves as Treasurer for the Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey Team, a nonprofit dedicated to using hockey as therapy for wounded/disabledVeterans from all wars.

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