Study Reveals Key Factors in PHR Adoption


A study published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research investigates the key requirements for increasing personal health record adoption. The study was conducted with 760 patients from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and concludes with the not-surprising result that ease of use and perceived value to consumers were the two primary factors for high adoption rates.

The study went on to suggest a link exists between non-adopters and age, income, and education, finding that non-adopters had generally lower incomes, were less educated, and reported an overall lower use of technology.

These findings led to the recommendation that PHR implementation methods should include a patient demonstration — preferably in the doctor’s office — of the steps needed to access the system and the value of doing so.

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