Int. J. of Healthcare Technology and Management   »   2018 Vol.17, No.1



Title: Personal healthcare records research: past, present and new dimensions


Authors: Konstantinos Koumaditis; Tajammal Hussain


Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark; Department of Statistics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan


Abstract: When designed and managed properly, personal health records (PHRs) are valuable tools that can reform healthcare systems. Yet while the PHR literature covers multidiscipline cases on design requirements, implementations and early positive results, it also echoes concerns related to the undelivered potential and challenges tied to PHRs. Consequently, a vast body of literature exists with unclear themes and blurred lines between perception, realisation and outcome. This paper exposes dominant research themes in PHR research and aids the understanding of this developing field. Our bibliographic analysis of 524 papers published from 2000 to 2015 revealed a core set of 61 publications. Interesting identified themes include the operation of PHRs with emphasis on innovation, prototypes and governance, as well as the impact of PHRs on specific medical conditions, healthcare processes and sociotechnical issues. Design issues were also exposed focusing on user requirements, design elements and technologies and lessons learned through empirical cases.


Keywords: personal healthcare records; PHRs; medical systems; healthcare technology; lessons learned; bibliometric analysis; multidimensional scaling; MDS.


DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2018.091821


Int. J. of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2018 Vol.17, No.1, pp.1 - 28


Date of acceptance: 20 Aug 2017
Available online: 07 May 2018



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