EMERSE (Electronic Medical Record Search Engine) enables users to search clinical notes (dictated or typed) from our electronic medical record (CareWeb and MiChart) for terms. The clinical notes include text from radiology, pathology, and other reports dating 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. EMERSE aids in cohort identification, eligibility determination and data abstraction in a variety of research, clinical, and operational settings. It currently requires that you input a list of medical record numbers (MRNs) in order to use the tool. MRNs may be obtained from the Data Office through a data request.

Log in to EMERSE here

Prerequisites include:

Access to EMERSE for research purposes may be obtained through the Data Office. For access to EMERSE for non-research purposes or if you have any questions, contact Dr. Dave Hanauer at (734) 615-0599 or via e-mail at hanauer@med.umich.edu.

Questions about using EMERSE? Check out our how-to videos below.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log in?



What do I need to know about the system?



How do I search patient lists?



How can synonyms help my search?



What are Quick Terms?



What is a term bundle?



What is the best way to see all of my searches in one place?



How else can I help improve my searches?



How can I add comments and tags to patient lists?



How can I do more complex searches?



How do I do a search for all patients within the U-M Health System?



How do I merge patient lists?




Contact us or (734) 615-2100 

North Campus Research Complex, Building 400, 1600 Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of Data Office contacts is available in the Personnel Directory