OpenInfobutton is an open source suite of Web services that enable infobutton capabilities within Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Infobuttons are context-sensitive links embedded in EHR systems. They use contextual information about the patient, user, clinical setting, and EHR task to anticipate clinicians' information needs and provide links to online clinical resources that may meet these information needs.

The OpenInfobutton project is an initiative led by the United States Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the University of Utah, and developed by an independent open source community. OpenInfobutton has been certified through a rigorous process conducted by the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) community

This site contains OpenInfobutton documentation, project updates, and other reference resources. The source code is available at the OSEHRA site and a GitHub repository. A discussion list is available for questions, bug reporting, and suggestions. 


Project updates

  • OpenInfobutton hotfix
    The RxNorm REST API used by the OpenInfobutton Manager was recently updated to no longer allow a deprecated method. This affects version 1.5 of the OpenInfobutton Manager as it uses the older version of the REST API. A hotfix has already been prepared and submitted to the master repository so users can quickly get back up and running. Without installing this update, any requests that use the RxNorm API will fail. The updated version is located here:
    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 10:58 AM by Guilherme Del Fiol
  • Updated OpenInfobutton documentation
    The Infobutton Manager installation and development environment setup guides have been updated and documentation on the infobutton responder has been added to the site. The updated documents are available at:
    Posted Aug 25, 2014, 1:16 PM by Guilherme Del Fiol
  • OpenInfobutton receives OSEHRA certification
    The OpenInfobutton software has been certified by the Open Source EHR Alliance (OSEHRA) community. The certification process includes a set of rigorous criteria in categories such as documentation, unit testing, functional testing, manual code review, and code style. 

    Posted Aug 21, 2014, 2:38 PM by Guilherme Del Fiol
  • Infobutton manager Version 1.5 is available
    See Source Code & Tools for details. 
    Posted Dec 20, 2013, 2:58 PM by Guilherme Del Fiol
  • Infobutton Responder - first release
    The first release of the Infobutton Responder service has been completed. The Infobutton Responder enables health care organizations to index their local clinical content according to HL7 contextual attributes and serve this content through a RESTful Web service, compliant with the HL7 Infobutton standard. Work is underway to make this component available via the Open Source EHR Agent (OSEHRA)
    Posted Sep 27, 2013, 6:33 AM by Guilherme Del Fiol
  • OpenInfobutton live at Intermountain Healthcare
    OpenInfobutton has been deployed at Intermountain Healthcare integrated with the patients’ problem list. Integration with e-prescribing, lab test results, and the Intermountain Healthcare PHR is underway. Intermountain is the largest healthcare provider in the Intermountain West, with 22 hospitals and over 800 physicians serving the healthcare needs of Utah and southeastern Idaho residents. 
    Posted Aug 29, 2013, 6:21 AM by Guilherme Del Fiol
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