Consumer perceptions of health it utilization and benefits

Academic Article


  • Objectives: The objective of this article is to examine consumer perceptions of health information technology (health IT) utilization and benefits through an integrated conceptual framework. Materials and Methods: This article employs an integrated conceptual framework to examine consumer perceptions of health IT. A consumer survey yielded 1125 completed responses. A factor-based scale was developed for each sub-construct. Bivariate analysis using χ2 tests was performed to determine differences in the percentage of respondents who agreed with each sub-construct based on whether their physician used an electronic health record (EHR) system. Multivariable logistic regression that controlled for demographic characteristics of respondents was performed to determine adjusted odds of agreeing with selected opinions of health information exchange (HIE). Results: Results indicate that respondents whose physicians used an EHR system were significantly more likely to agree that there was a perceived benefit with HIE and to care provided; that the patient should have control over the record; that they trust the physician and security of the medical information; that they understand the need for HIE, and that HIE must be easy to use. Discussion: The results suggest that consumers who have experienced the use of one technology in the healthcare setting can recognize the potential benefit of another technology. Race/ethnicity, gender, and education played some role in respondents' views of EHRs and HIE, more specifically, non-Hispanic African American participants indicated lower levels of trust in HIE when compared with non-Hispanic Whites. Conclusion: This cross-sectional survey indicated that physician use of EHRs significantly increases the odds of consumers' seeing perceived benefits of HIE and understanding the need for HIE.
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  • JAMIA Open  Journal
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    Author List

  • Feldman SS; Bhavsar GP; Schooley BL
  • Start Page

  • 99
  • End Page

  • 105
  • Volume

  • 2
  • Issue

  • 1