Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008) (2008)
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 7, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2008
Personal Health Records (PHRs) systems are a subject of intense interest in the move to improve health care through consumer empowerment. Yet, despite a surge of PHR offerings from a variety of providers, little re- search has been done to learn what prospective users want in a PHR and how they will use these systems. Because managing their personal health care informa- tion is a novel undertaking for most people, traditional technology adoption study methods are difficult to em- ploy in researching PHRs. This paper reports on a us- er-centered design study that combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate how health sta- tus may affect user needs for PHR. Preliminary analy- sis of the results indicates that users with disabilities differ from others in their PHR preferences. The results suggest that a particularly motivating factor for dis- abled individuals is the way in which a PHR will func- tion when emergency services are required.
D. B. Lafky and T. A. Horan, "Prospective Personal Health Record Use Among Different User Groups: Results of a Multi-wave Study," Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008)(HICSS), Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 2008, pp. 233.