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Dr. Alexander Fiks Wins 1st Place in AHRQ PBRN Vaccine Manuscript Contest

Alexander Fiks, MD

Dr. Alexander Fiks’s research focused on innovative ways to increase the initiation and completion of the series of shots needed to protect against HPV. Providers caring for patients that were eligible to receive the shots were alerted that their patients needed the vaccine. The electronic reminders helped providers begin conversations with families about their preferences for receiving the HPV vaccine. Once the HPV series was started, both providers and families received reminders to alert them when it was time to receive the next shot.

Dr. Fiks is Co-Medical Director of CHOP's Pediatric Research Consortium(PeRC) To access an abstract of Dr Fiks’ research, select:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23650297.

AHRQ’s Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs) have been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., for their outstanding work to increase the appropriate use of patient vaccines The PBRNs conducted research and were recognized in a recent competition sponsored by AHRQ and judged by representatives of AHRQ and the National Vaccines Program Office. Members of the PBRNs were eligible to submit research published within the past five years. The research examined innovative methods to increase the appropriate use of vaccines including: providing easier access, automated patient notification systems, automated reminders for providers and team-based care models.

The winners were announced on June 19, 2013 at the NAPCRG PBRN Conference, and received a certificate signed by Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health; Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Dr. Bruce Gillen, Director, National Vaccines Program Office.