Design Lessons for Older Adult Personal Health Records Software from Older Adults

  • Juan Pablo Hourcade
  • Elizabeth A. Chrischilles
  • Brian M. Gryzlak
  • Blake M. Hanson
  • Donald E. Dunbar
  • David A. Eichmann
  • Ryan R. Lorentzen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6766)


Online Personal Health Records (PHR) software has the potential to provide older adults with tools to better manage several aspects of their health, including their use of medications. In spite of this potential, we still know little about how to make PHRs accessible for older adults. We also know little about how to design PHRs in a way that will enable older adults to get a valuable return on their time investment in using such systems. In this paper, we present our experience partnering with a group of older adults to obtain design guidelines for the design of a PHR with a focus on medication management. We discuss the outcomes of our design partnership and provide an overview of the design of a web-based PHR we designed based on these outcomes.


Older adults personal health records medication management design guidelines privacy personalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Pablo Hourcade
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Chrischilles
    • 1
  • Brian M. Gryzlak
    • 1
  • Blake M. Hanson
    • 1
  • Donald E. Dunbar
    • 1
  • David A. Eichmann
    • 1
  • Ryan R. Lorentzen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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