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

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

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Library Services, Talbot Research Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA.


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.

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