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Patients Take Control: Individual Empowerment with Personal Health Records


Corey M. Angst


University of Notre Dame

Ritu Agarwal


University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

November 2004

Robert H. Smith School Research Paper No. RHS-06-013

Abstract:     
Electronic health records and health information technology are the focus of attention due, in part, to the President's Health Information Technology Plan, which calls for a 10-year adoption plan for electronic health records (EHR). We examine one component of HIT, the electronic personal health record, its adoption, value, and the impact it has on patients.

Using data collected from a nationwide-survey of CapMed Personal Health Record (PHR) users, we examine the profile of the PHR users, the healthcare tasks and software features deemed important, and the value patients report receiving from PHR adoption. Finally, we examine privacy issues related to PHR adoption.

Using factor analysis, we find that three distinct dimensions of perceived value emerge. These value measures are: "Desire for structure, organization and compliance," "Desire for relationship and connectedness with provider," and "Desire for convenience and empowerment." Using regression analysis we found significant relationships between perceived value and self-reported use and behavioral intention. We also found that users desire a high level of connectedness with their providers and this relationship can be enhanced by the use of a PHR.

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Keywords: Electronic health records, health information technology, e-health, EHR,PHR

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Date posted: May 26, 2006  

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Angst, Corey M. and Agarwal, Ritu, Patients Take Control: Individual Empowerment with Personal Health Records (November 2004). Robert H. Smith School Research Paper No. RHS-06-013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=904622 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.904622

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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
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