Informatics Research Seminar: Meeting Clinician Information Needs with Online Knowledge Resources

March 2 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD
Presented from Duke University


In this seminar, Dr. Del Fiol will share his experience with the integration of clinical knowledge resources into EHR systems via tools known as “Infobuttons.” He will present knowledge integration system architecture concepts followed by case studies of Infobutton Manager projects at Intermountain Healthcare and the VHA. He will then provide a quick overview of the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Standard, which has been widely adopted in the healthcare IT industry. Finally, he will summarize his ongoing research efforts related to the adoption of an open source Infobutton Manager known as OpenInfobutton at various health care organizations.


Dr. Guilherme Del Fiol an assistant professor in the Duke Department of Community and Family Medicine. Dr. Del Fiol has 15 years of experience in health informatics, with roles in healthcare IT development and applied clinical informatics research. Before joining Duke in August 2008, Dr. Del Fiol obtained his PhD from the Biomedical Informatics Department at the University of Utah. As part of his PhD dissertation, Dr. Del Fiol developed at Intermountain Healthcare a Web service called “Infobutton Manager,” which enables the integration of knowledge resources into electronic health record (EHR) systems. Also at Intermountain, he was one of the architects of a corporate-wide clinical knowledge management infrastructure. Dr. Del Fiol is a co-chair of the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Work Group at Health Level 7 International (HL7), where he has been leading the development of CDS standards, such as the Infobutton Standard. Within Duke, Dr. Del Fiol has worked on a number of grant-funded research projects devoted to the design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical decision support applications via Web services, including an open source Infobutton Manager known as OpenInfobutton, which was developed in collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration.