i3b3: Infobuttons for i2b2 as a Mechanism for Investigating the Information Needs of Clinical Researchers

Academic Article


  • The information needs of clinicians, as they interact with the EHR, are well-studied. Clinical researchers also interact with the EHR and, while they might be expected to have some similar needs, the unique needs that arise due to nature of their work remain largely unstudied. For clinicians, infobuttons (context-aware hyperlinks) provide a mechanism of studying these information needs. Here we describe the integration of infobuttons into i2b2, a popular data warehouse commonly used by clinical researchers, using a plugin. A preliminary survey of i2b2 developers suggests a general interest in infobuttons for i2b2 and indicates good likelihood for their deployment, where they may be used as a tool for further studying these needs in greater detail.
  • Author List

  • Kennell T; Dempsey DM; Cimino JJ
  • Start Page

  • 696
  • End Page

  • 704
  • Volume

  • 2016