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An Approach to Participative Personal Health Record System Development

Vasso Koufi, Flora Malamateniou and George Vassilacopoulos
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Vasso Koufi: University of Piraeus, Greece
Flora Malamateniou: University of Piraeus, Greece
George Vassilacopoulos: University of Piraeus, Greece

International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI), 2010, vol. 2, issue 4, 1-16

Abstract: Healthcare delivery is undergoing radical change in an attempt to meet increasing demands in the face of rising costs. Among the most intriguing concepts in this effort is shifting the focus of care management to patients by means of Personal Health Record (PHR) systems which can integrate care delivery across the continuum of services and also coordinate care across all settings. However, a number of organizational and behavioral issues can delay PHR adoption. This chapter presents a general approach to breaking down barriers that exist at the level of individual healthcare professionals and consumers. According to this approach, user participation in PHR system development is considered essential for achieving systems implementation success. Realizing a participative PHR system development, where users are full members of the development team, requires not only choosing an appropriate methodology but also organizing the participation process in a way that is tailored to the particular situation in order to achieve the desired results.

Date: 2010
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