EMERSE (Electronic Medical Records Search Engine)


What is this service?

EMERSE (Electronic Medical Record Search Engine) provides a self-service web-based tool for authorized users to search clinical notes from our electronic medical record (CareWeb and Michart). Users can input their own terms or phrases and get results within seconds. The clinical notes include admission, discharge, and progress notes, as well as ambulatory care notes and notes from radiology, pathology, and other reports going back to 1998.

EMERSE is easy to use and provides valuable features to help you find the information you need. The search function includes thousands of synonyms to help you find alternative wording for clinical concepts, including generic and brand names of medications. With EMERSE, you can input a list of medical record numbers and search across that set, or you can find a list of patients who have the term(s) of interest if you don’t yet know who they are.

Who can use this service?

This service may be used by any U-M investigator or research team.

Prerequisites include:

  • Level-2 password

  • Completion of any PEERRS module

  • MiChart access

  • IRB approval

  • MLearning (Data Office) training

EMERSE Training Videos (NOTE: patient data are fictitious and for training purposes)

At what stage in my research should I contact MICHR about this service?

EMERSE aids in cohort identification, eligibility determination and data abstraction in a variety of research stages and settings.

How much does this service cost?

There is no cost to use EMERSE. The cost pricing/recharge rates for other MICHR services are available here.


For access to EMERSE for non-research purposes or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. David Hanauer at 734.615.0599 or via e-mail at hanauer@med.umich.edu.