Personal Health Records (PHR) and the future of the physician-patient relationship

Aaron Baird, Frederick North, Raghu Santanam

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Abstract

We provide early evidence that healthcare consumers plan to play a more active role in their healthcare through the use of a patient-centric information tool-the Personal Health Record (PHR). We assess consumer attitudes, values, and beliefs of PHRs through the use of a focus group and further analyze the intention to adopt a PHR through the use of a survey based on the adoption of innovations model by Rogers [38]. We find that while barriers to PHR adoption exist-such as concerns about privacy, security and the lack of visible use of PHRs by others within immediate social groups-intention to use PHRs are high within our sample. This suggests that active consumer involvement in healthcare may be on the rise and, more importantly, that information may become a key mediator in the physician-patient relationship. While our findings are based on pilot studies consisting of relatively small sample sizes and subject to limited generalizability, these results do suggest that consumer empowerment has the potential to fundamentally alter traditional physician-patient paradigms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 iConference
Subtitle of host publicationInspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
Pages281-288
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2011
Event6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Feb 8 2011Feb 11 2011

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period2/8/112/11/11

Keywords

  • Adoption of innovations
  • Patient-centric
  • Personal Health Record PHR
  • Physician-patient relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Baird, A., North, F., & Santanam, R. (2011). Personal Health Records (PHR) and the future of the physician-patient relationship. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 (pp. 281-288). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940800