The Electronic Health Record as an EBM Platform: Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobuttons)

Guilherme Del Fiol, M.D., M.S (Computer Science)., Ph.D. (Biomedical Informatics)

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah School of Medicine

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Clinicians’ patient care information needs are frequent and largely unmet. Knowledge resources are available that can help clinicians meet these information needs. Yet, significant barriers limit the use of these resources within the clinical workflow. Infobuttons are clinical decision support tools that integrate electronic medical record systems into information resources as an attempt to lower these barriers. The author will describe a life cycle of infobutton research and development, including: research on clinicians’ information needs, the impact of infobuttons on clinicians, the HL7 (Health Level Seven) Infobutton Standard, and OpenInfobutton, an open source software platform that provides infobutton functionality to clinicians at several health care organizations.


Information needs, Health Information Technology Standard, Clinical decision support, Electronic health record system, Knowledge resource

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