Deborah Beranek Lafky

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Personal Health Records (PHRs) systems are a subject of intense interest in the move to improve health care through consumer empowerment. Yet, despite a surge of PHR offerings from a variety of providers, little research has been done to learn what prospective users want in a PHR and how they will use these systems. Because managing their personal health(More)
Personal health record (PHR) systems are a subject of intense interest in the move to improve healthcare accessibility and quality. Although a number of vendors continue to put forward PHR systems, user-centered design research has lagged, and it has not been clear what features are important to prospective PHR users. Here, we report on a user-centered(More)
This poster reports a study that combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate the effect of health status on user needs in Personal Health Records applications. Results show distinct user differences according to health status and that being well, unwell, or disabled will have an influence on users needs in relation to a PHR. In this(More)
In their provocative article " Managing the Care of Health and the Cure of Disease, " Glouberman and Mintzberg (2001) asked, " Shouldn't the fact that different countries seek to solve the exact same problem by moving in diametrically opposed directions be telling us some-thing? " The article by Michel-Verkerke, Schuring, and Spil describes an approach to(More)
This paper presents a case study of a digital signature solution implementation for a healthcare organization that provides disability evaluation services for various government agencies and private companies. One service the company provides for its clients is online disability report generation and electronic report submission. When generating these(More)
Personal Health Records systems are envisioned as a user-centric and user-controlled means for individuals to track health status over a lifetime, consistent with the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for health care improvement in the U.S. These systems represent a new model of information system design in that they are voluntary, longitudinal over(More)
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