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FluAlert: Influenza Vaccine Alerts for Providers in the Electronic Health Record

This study has been completed.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Columbia University Identifier:
First received: June 16, 2010
Last updated: June 22, 2014
Last verified: June 2014
Childhood influenza coverage rates are far below rates for the other childhood vaccinations. Increasing influenza vaccine coverage rates is important not only for the health of the child, but for that of the child's household and community. Yet,influenza vaccine delivery rates at pediatric clinics are low, even when the vaccine is available. The proposed project will take advantage of existing health information technology to tailor, implement and evaluate influenza vaccine alerts in the electronic health record (EHR) for pediatric providers to help improve health care decision making.

Condition Intervention
Influenza Other: Provider Alert

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: FluAlert: Influenza Vaccine Alerts for Providers in the Electronic Health Record

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Columbia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • influenza vaccination [ Time Frame: September through March 2011-2012 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Documentation of reason for vaccine refusal [ Time Frame: Sept 2011-March 2012 ]

Enrollment: 6145
Study Start Date: December 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Provider Alert
Provider receives alert for patient visit
Other: Provider Alert
Provider influenza vaccine alert
Other Name: alert for provider in electronic health record
No Intervention: No Alert
No alert provided


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Months to 75 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Medical (medical doctor/nurse practitioner (MD/NP)) or nursing providers (registered nurse, licensed practical nurse (RN/LPN)) at participating practices
  • Parents of a child 6 months - 18 years who is a patient at one of the participating ACN practice
  • Parents fluent in English or Spanish
  • Children 6 months- 18 years with visit to participating practice during influenza season
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01146899

United States, New York
Columbia University Medical Center/ NewYork Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Network
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Principal Investigator: Melissa S Stockwell, MD MPH Columbia University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Asst Prof of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Columbia University Identifier: NCT01146899     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAE4956
1R18HS018158-01 ( U.S. AHRQ Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: June 16, 2010
Last Updated: June 22, 2014

Keywords provided by Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Columbia University:
influenza, vaccine, clinical decision support

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Influenza, Human
Orthomyxoviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Immunologic Factors
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