Revisions to Health Information Technology Designs Could Help Seniors Prepare for Health Emergencies
Health information technology should be designed to include information about emergency contacts, diagnoses and advance directives so older adults are better prepared for health emergencies, an AHRQ-funded study concluded. Such information could help caregivers, first responders and next of kin in emergency circumstances, according to the article in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Researchers interviewed 90 older adults about how they manage information about their health. The study found that emergency information was often not up to date and not always kept in a readily apparent location. Access the study abstract.
Int J Med Inform. 2018 Mar;111:149-158. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.12.001. Epub 2017 Dec 8.
Emergency information management needs and practices of older adults: A descriptive study.
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Consumer health; Emergency planning; Health information management; Older adults; Public health informatics; Qualitative methods