Dr. Pfiffner’s work at Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program CHIP and University Hospital Zurich’s Research Data Service Center USZ focuses on healthcare informatics technologies that support caregivers at the point of care and leverage mobile devices for health data collection.
To enable a next generation of clinical application platforms he is part of the SMART on FHIR team, particularly focused on its application on mobile devices, and is closely following the evolution of the FHIR standard. In this position he has created web and iOS frameworks to facilitate app and service creation and has evaluated medical data sources, such as ClinicalTrials.gov and RxNorm, as data sources for medical data interpretation on the fly. With the advent of Apple’s ResearchKit and CareKit frameworks he is also building tools that enable integration of data obtained directly from patients (PRO) with existing research platforms such as i2b2 and the health system in general. Current projects include:
C3-PRO & C Tracker
Utilizing smartphones as research vehicles in the C3-PRO toolchain, bundling Apple’s ResearchKit with FHIR, to conduct truly patient-centered research, collecting patient-reported outcomes as well as basic health information on patients' devices. Technology for this integration is available as C3-PRO and is used in the C Tracker trial, a study for hepatitis C patients and how the virus affects their daily lives.
Clinical Trials Matching
A pilot implementation to automatically screen cancer patients for eligibility to cancer trials by way of electronic medical record and clinical trial registration data, a collaboration with TrialReach and HCA’s Sarah Cannon Research Institute.
Providing patients with an iPad-based medication review tool to gather their medication list upon hospital admission, comparing how the quality of such a list fares in contrast to current medication reconciliation.