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An Empirical Examination of the Importance of Defining the PHR for Research and for Practice


Corey M. Angst


University of Notre Dame

Ritu Agarwal


University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Janelle Downing


University of Maryland - Decision and Information Technologies Department

May, 2006

Robert H. Smith School Research Paper No. RHS-06-011

Abstract:     
Objective
Recent discourse surrounding PHRs conflates definitions of the technology and confuses both novices and experts. This matter assumes critical importance when research subjects are asked to respond to questionnaires in which the specific definition of the PHR is not given. We conducted this study to demonstrate that people have very different mental models of what a PHR represents and this affects their attitudes related to privacy and choice of specific PHR forms.

Design
Using data collected from a survey of both HIT stakeholders and a general population, we conduct descriptive and statistical analyses to demonstrate that various conceptualizations of PHRs exist. We use regression analysis and analysis of variance to test our hypotheses.

Results
We find that the nature of concerns regarding privacy and security of PHRs differ based on the individual's prior knowledge about and involvement with PHRs. We find that education influences choices regarding the type of PHR form-factor preferred but age does not. Beliefs are also dependent on the source of distribution of the PHR and as trust in an entity declines, consumers' choices regress towards isolated PHRs such as paper- or home PC-based solutions.

Conclusion
This study demonstrates that research related to PHRs must be very explicit in terms of defining the type of PHR. It also provides evidence of relationships between demographic characteristics leading to variations in PHR beliefs and choices. This work highlights some pitfalls of conducting research on PHRs and also presents new evidence about people's perceptions of PHRs. This study can be informative for both the design of PHRs and also for policy makers by surfacing barriers to adoption which could potentially slow the diffusion of this technology.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: PHR, EHR, Personal Health Record, Electronic Health Record, Beliefs, Attitudes

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Date posted: May 26, 2006  

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Angst, Corey M. and Agarwal, Ritu and Downing, Janelle, An Empirical Examination of the Importance of Defining the PHR for Research and for Practice (May, 2006). Robert H. Smith School Research Paper No. RHS-06-011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=904611 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.904611

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Corey M. Angst (Contact Author)
University of Notre Dame ( email )
Department of Mathematics
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
Ritu Agarwal
University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business ( email )
College Park, MD 20742-1815
United States
Janelle Downing
University of Maryland - Decision and Information Technologies Department ( email )
Robert H. Smith School of Business
4313 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20815
United States
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