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The contribution of observational studies and clinical context information for guiding the integration of infobuttons into clinical information systems.

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Cimino JJ
AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009 Nov 14;2009:109-13.
Abstract: 

The integration of information resources into clinical information systems may be based on a variety of approaches, including what is practical to provide, what is hypothetically useful, and (based on user studies) what is empirically useful. Resource selection may also be based on the user's context (role, task, patient demographics, concept of interest, etc.).

METHODS

Two years of log files showing the context-specific use of information resources, especially via use of an infobutton manager (IM), were examined for patterns of usage.

RESULTS

3483 known unique users (and an unknown number of anonymous users) accessed information resources 65,128 times, including the use of the IM 21,907 times by at least 2367 unique users. Links provided in response to empirical information needs accounted for 16% of the total links and 32% of the accesses to information resources. Links that were provided based on patient demographics accounted for 29% of the total links and 13% of the accesses to information resources. Links that were provided based on the users concept of interest accounted for 21% of the total links and 13% of the accesses to information resources.

CONCLUSION

Knowledge of observed information needs and of context attributes is useful for guiding automated selection of resource links by an Infobutton Manager.

Cimino JJ. The contribution of observational studies and clinical context information for guiding the integration of infobuttons into clinical information systems. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009 Nov 14;2009:109-13.