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EBP InfoBot: Evaluation of an evidence- based practice system

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Poster Session III

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45




  • C.A. Fisher EdD
  • RN-BC
  • D Demner-Fushman MD
  • PhD
  • C Seckman PhD
  • RN-BC


This study sought to evaluate the evidence based practice ( EBP) InfoBot, a system designed to automatically search and deliver patient-specific information linked from within the electronic medical record (EMR) directly to the clinician. The purpose of the EBP InfoBot is to provide the clinician with a convenient collection of evidence-based resources to facilitate evidence-based care. This study sought to determine the extent to which the EBP InfoBot system was useful, user friendly, and relevant to clinical staff. This system automatically extracts documented patients’ problems from the interdisciplinary team notes and queries selected resources using the extracted terms. Currently over 800 unique clinical users of the EMR have accessed the EBP InfoBot. A non-experimental, descriptive research design utilizing a convenience sample was used to evaluate the system. Automatic tracking of usage, user navigation, electronic surveys and focus groups were used as evaluation methodologies. To date the EBP InfoBot was viewed 3,000 times at a rate of approximately 3 visits/hour. Results show that the system was well liked and provided useful information in support of patient care. The system was found to be intuitive and easy to use and requests for expansion of additional evidence based resources are being requested.

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