You are here

Infobuttons

Infobuttons are context-aware links from one information system to another that anticipate users’ information needs, take them to appropriate resources, and assist with retrieval of relevant information. To date, infobuttons are mostly found in clinical information systems (such as EHRs and PHRs) to provide clinicians and patients with access to literature and other resources that are relevant to the clinical data they are viewing. The Laboratory for Informatics Development (LID) has worked with HL7 to develop an international standard to support the communication between clinical systems and knowledge resources. MedlinePlus Connect currently provides an HL7-compliant query capability.

In order to increase the usefulness of infobuttons, they are typically linked not to a specific resource, but to an “infobutton manager” that uses contextual information (such as the age and gender of the patient, the role of the user, and the clinical data being reviewed) to select from a large library of known resources those that seem most applicable to the situation. The infobutton manager customizes the links to those resources, using appropriate data from the context, and presents the user with the list of custom-selected, customized links. LID is working with investigators at the University of Utah and the Veterans Administration to establish a freely available, HL7-compliant infobutton manager, known as “Open Infobutton” (http://www.openinfobutton.org) to be a national resource for EHR developers and users, providing all clinical systems users with the capability of integrating knowledge at the point of care.

Publications/Tools: 
Cimino JJ, Overby CL, Devine EB, Hulse NC, Jing X, Maviglia SM, Del Fiol G. Practical choices for infobutton customization: experience from four sites. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:236-45. eCollection 2013.
Del Fiol G, Curtis C, Cimino J, Iskander A, Kalluri AS, Jing X, Hulse NC, Long J, Overby CL, Schardt C, Douglas DM. Disseminating context-specific access to online knowledge resources within electronic health record systems. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:672-6.
Jing X, Kay S, Marley T, Hardiker NR, Cimino JJ. Incorporating personalized gene sequence variants, molecular genetics knowledge, and health knowledge into an EHR prototype based on the Continuity of Care Record standard. J Biomed Inform. 2012 Feb;45(1):82-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2011.09.001. Epub 2011 Sep 17.
Cimino J, Jing X, Del Fiol G. Meeting the electronic health record "meaningful use" criterion for the HL7 infobutton standard using OpenInfobutton and the Librarian Infobutton Tailoring Environment (LITE). AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012;2012:112-20. Epub 2012 Nov 3.
Jing X, Cimino JJ. Graphical methods for reducing, visualizing and analyzing large data sets using hierarchical terminologies. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011;2011:635-43. Epub 2011 Oct 22.
Liu F, Fontelo P. Infobuttons Linked to Indivo, a Patient Controlled Health Record. AMIA Annu Symp Proc; 2009 Nov 14-18; San Francisco. p. 940.
Haerian K, McKeeby J, DiPatrizio G, Cimino JJ. Use of clinical alerting to improve the collection of clinical research data. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009 Nov 14;2009:218-22.
Collins SA, Currie LM, Bakken S, Cimino JJ. Information needs, infobutton manager use, and satisfaction by clinician type: a case study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Jan-Feb;16(1):140-2. Epub 2008 Oct 24.
Jing X, Kay S, Hardiker N, Marley T. Ontology-based knowledge base model construction-OntoKBCF. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):785-90.
Jing X, Kay S, Hardiker N. Designing a bio-health information assistant within an EHR. Healthcare Computing 2006: 325-326 (Harrogate, England).

Pages