Attending physician, Division of General Pediatrics
Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Research Consortium, CHOP Research Institute
Fiks was appointed director of the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which strives to improve children’s health through collaborative research in primary care practices across the United States. PROS’ mission is an excellent match with Fiks’ research focus on how health information technology can be used to improve health and healthcare decision-making. Fiks’ goals include broadening the range of PROS studies to include large clinical trials, secondary analyses of electronic health record (EHR) data and longitudinal surveys of practitioners, each complementing the others in demonstrating how to improve pediatric primary care practice and outcomes.
“After I finished my residency and started as a full-time practitioner at what was then CHOP’s primary care practice at 39th Street and Chestnut, I wanted to perform research to improve how primary care is delivered. Specifically, I was curious if reminders to clinicians, delivered through the EHR, could improve vaccination rates. Drs. Trude Haecker and Cheryl Hausman, my supervisors at the time, accepted that a primary care pediatrician could both practice and conduct research. Their mentorship and flexibility helped launch my research career. The answer was, yes, vaccine reminders can be a potent tool to foster vaccination.”