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The American Academy of Pediatrics and ArcheMedX Prepare Healthcare Providers for the 2015-16 Flu Season

With flu season underway in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has collaborated with ArcheMedX to power an online educational program designed to update health care providers on recommendations for preventing and treating Influenza in children.

Charlottesville, VA (January 13, 2016) – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ArcheMedX announce the launch of an online education program to update pediatricians on flu prevention and treatment guidance. The 2015-16 Influenza Prevention Program, which is available to the 64,000 members of the AAP, includes updated recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. It also reaffirms AAP support for mandatory influenza vaccination for all health care workers nationwide.

The education program includes four interactive learning modules, powered by the ArcheViewer, that highlight key recommendations from the AAP influenza policy statements, “Recommendation for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2015-2016” and “Influenza Immunization for All Health Care Personnel: Keep It Mandatory.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from influenza each year and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications annually. Since young children are at high risk for serious flu complications, the AAP and CDC strongly recommend vaccination each season as the most important step in protecting against influenza. Because influenza is unpredictable and can be severe, the AAP recommends that children clinically presumed to have influenza should be considered early for antiviral treatment when indicated.

This year’s educational program is being delivered within the ArcheViewer, an interactive e-Learning platform developed by ArcheMedX, to provide AAP members a more efficient way to review the 2015-16 policy updates and apply key lessons to practice. Recommendations for the 2015-16 Influenza season are available online to all AAP members free of charge and can be accessed through PediaLink, the Academy’s online education portal.AAP_3_computer_screens_small

Each online learning module has been designed to deconstruct and simplify the most critical updates in the AAP influenza policy statements while providing pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical specialists access to critical resources. Interspersed throughout the modules are educator notes and interactive polls designed by faculty to prompt learners to reflect and review additional resources at the right moments, making it simpler to translate key recommendations from the guidelines into clinical practice.

This interactive learning experience also includes the ability for AAP members to take notes synchronized to where they are in the module, submit questions electronically to faculty, set personal reminders with the click of a button, and search relevant resources collated by faculty in each of the following 4 learning modules:

  1. Prevention and Control of Influenza
  2. Immunization for all Health Care Personnel
  3. Office Testing and Vaccinating Egg-Allergic Children
  4. Use of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs)

As AAP members take action and engage with the content, learning data are collected, analyzed, and presented back to faculty through the ArcheViewer’s administrative interface and real-time dashboards. This approach enables the AAP team to rapidly assess the impact of the education and to refine the learning modules as needed over time.

ArcheMedX Media Contact: Brian S. McGowan, Chief Learning Officer of ArcheMedX at [email protected]

AAP Media Contact: Noreen Stewart, [email protected], 847-434-7944

About American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit or follow us at @AmerAcadPeds.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas.  Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit



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Joel is a digital innovation leader who has spent the past 15 years improving access to information and data across the life science and healthcare industries as an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor. He co-founded and currently leads ArcheMedX, which applies behavioral science to transform learning and generate actionable insights for Healthcare and Life Science organizations.

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