So your EHR has requested you to add resources for infobuttons. “Where do I start,” you ask? Well, the Librarian Infobutton Tailoring Environment, LITE, is a practical tool to help you with this task. Please read the summary, detailed description and view the diagrams to get a better understanding of LITE…
Let's get started:
– Request membership from existing institutions, or create or modify your institutions in LITE.
– Add or modify the resources that your institution needs.
3. Context-specific links
(CSL) – This is a lifeline that connects your resources to your institution. For each resource added, create context-specific links with ”tailored” search parameters so that EHR users from your institution can look up your resources in the proper circumstances.
4. Test Context-Specific Links
– The last step of this process is testing the CSL. In this step, the page acts as a simulated EHR page, you act as an EHR user from your institution and search for the resources you defined, using the parameters you defined in CSL and resources.
Here’s what it looks like with a detailed description of LITE beneath it:
LITE is a tool that can help you manage your institution's Infobutton Manager, such as OpenInfobutton. Infobutton Manager provides information resource links to meet clinicians' clinical information needs at the point of care. Users at your institution can access the Infobutton Manager through links called infobuttons
that are inserted into their clinical information systems, such as electronic medical records. When a user clicks on an infobutton, information (such as an application a user is using, the type of user, and the patient's age and gender) is passed to the Infobutton Manager. The Infobutton Manager uses this information to provide a list of links to relevant online health information resources, such as textbooks and websites. With LITE, one can choose which resources to provide under what clinical circumstances via a graphic user interface, i.e., to define resource links. The diagram below shows how all the pieces fit together along with more information beneath it:
The knowledge base of LITE (see diagram above) is created by medical librarians or others who can decide, for their institution, which information resources will be useful for users in particular situations. The resources paired with the context-specific links from LITE provide content for the Infobutton Manager knowledge base.
A set of 'wizards' (step-by-step interactive programs) are included in LITE to walk you through the process of adding your resources and context-specific links to the Infobutton Manager knowledge base for your institution. During this process, you tell LITE about the clinical information system applications available at your institution, as well as the resources that are available for your users. Then you can tell LITE what context-specific links to provide under various combinations of alternate scenarios (such as different tasks, patients' ages and genders, and information recipients). Once you have created a context-specific link, you may test the link to ensure that it will work properly under said scenarios.
Once you have done this, the process is complete. You can repeat this cycle to add even more resources for your institution, and feel free to make modifications to your institutions, resources, and context-specific links at any time. We hope you enjoy your experience in LITE!