Infobuttons: A study of usability

Lily Gutnik, Sarah Collins, Leanne M. Currie, James J. Cimino, Vimla L. Patel

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Studies of clinician's information needs while treating patients have shown that the resolution of these needs is often deferred or fails, which may lead to medical errors. The Infobutton Manager was developed to help improve the resolution of information needs by providing users with links to on-line health information resources. The aim of this study was to determine the usability of the Infobutton interface to resolve clinicians' information needs. We provided clinicians with typical case scenarios using a computerized order entry system (CPOE) and Infobuttons and asked them to verbalize their thought processes as they were using the CPOE. We video-recorded the computer screens as the users worked, conducted brief exit interviews, and analyzed these data. Results indicated that the participants found the resources provided by Infobutton helpful and easy to use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2007 - Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Sustainable Health Systems
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781586037741
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 24 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007
CityBrisbane, QLD


  • clinical information needs
  • information retrieval decision support
  • usability testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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