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Personal Health Records are Designed for People Like Us


Showell, C and Turner, P, Personal Health Records are Designed for People Like Us, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 192, (1) pp. 137. ISSN 0926-9630 (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-289-9-1037


Current approaches to designing, implementing and evaluating personal health record systems reflect the attributes and assumptions of well-educated and well to-do users (People like Us: PLUs) rather than the needs of the most disadvantaged in society (the disempowered, disengaged and disconnected: DDDs). These electronic systems for increasing accessibility to personal health information may accentuate rather than mitigate the emerging eHealth divide. Using a PubMed review of literature on personal health record systems, we identified only seven of 73 papers, and one of 29 abstracts which made specific mention of users who were disadvantaged by low literacy levels or difficulties with access to technology. This work is part of a larger study into personal health records and disadvantage.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information systems development methodologies and practice
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information services
Objective Field:Electronic information storage and retrieval services
UTAS Author:Showell, C (Ms Chloe Showell)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:89284
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-02-27
Last Modified:2014-02-27

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