Our goal is to assess how clinical information from previous visits is used in the emergency department. We used detailed user audit logs to measure access to different data types. We found that clinician-authored notes and laboratory and radiology data were used most often (common data types were used up to 5% to 20% of the time). Data were accessed less than half the time (up to 20% to 50%) even when the user was alerted to the presence of data. Our access rate indicates that health information exchange projects should be conservative in estimating how often shared data will be used and the wide breadth of data accessed indicates that although a clinical summary is likely to be useful, an ideal solution will supply a broad variety of data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007


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