Integrating knowledge-based resources into the electronic health record: history, current status, and role of librarians

Med Ref Serv Q. 2007 Fall;26(3):1-19. doi: 10.1300/J115v26n03_01.


Satisfying clinical information needs remains a major challenge in medicine, underscored by recent studies showing high medical error rates and suboptimal physician adherence to evidence-based practice guidelines. Advanced clinical decision support systems can improve practitioner performance and patient outcomes. Similarly, integrating online information resources into electronic health records (EHRs) shows great potential for positively impacting health care quality. This paper explores the evolution and current status of knowledge-based resource linkages within EHRs, including the benefits and drawbacks, as well as the important role librarians can play in this process.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Medical Record Administrators*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / history
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Professional Role*
  • United States