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Electronic health record, Healthcare provider, Nursing informatics, Older adult, Personal health record



  1. Evans, Beth A. PhD
  2. Beverly, Claudia J. PhD
  3. Tsai, Pao-Feng PhD
  4. Rettiganti, Mallikarjuna PhD
  5. Lefler, Leanne L. PhD
  6. Parks, Rachida F. PhD


Adoption of electronic personal health records by older adults offers multiple advantages to healthcare and is being encouraged by federal agencies and health associations. However, obstacles have limited older adults' rates of adoption to approximately 10%. This study examined the initial proficiency of older adults at entering 21 standard health elements into an electronic personal health record. Entry completeness, accuracy, elapsed time, and help requests were measured. A combination of standard technology adoption model and older adult characteristics accounted for 52% of variability in proficiency at entering electronic personal health record data. Automatic linear modeling identified three variables as primarily related to proficiency with electronic personal health record use: age, computer competency, and mental status. Interventions to increase electronic personal health record adoption and proficiency of use will require the consideration of variables specific to older adults, and may best focus on younger seniors with good mental status and computer competency. Efforts for older seniors with decreased mental status might better center on delegation to a primary caregiver.