Public use of electronic personal health information: Measuring progress of the Healthy People 2020 Objectives.


:Use of the internet for seeking and managing health information in the U.S., Europe, and emerging and developing nations is growing. Recent global trends indicate more interactive uses of the internet including online communication with providers. In the U.S., The Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) initiative was created by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 10-year goals for improving the health of American citizens. Two goals of HP2020 were to increase the proportion of individuals who use the Internet to keep track of their personal health information (PHI) online and to increase the proportion of individuals who use the internet to communicate with their healthcare provider. In the present study, we use data from the seven administrations of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to assess progress towards these goals. These data were analyzed using descriptive, bivariate, and logistic regression analytic techniques. Results of this study suggested that the HP2020 target of having 15.7% of individuals manage their PHI online by 2020 has already been exceeded (28.1%); similarly, the goal for proportion of individuals communicating with their provider using the internet (15.0%) was exceeded by 2014 (29.7%). While progress towards these goals was positive in all sociodemographic groups for both goals, differences in the rate of progress were seen by gender, race/ethnicity, income, and education, but not by age group. The rapidly increasing proportion of individuals globally who use the internet to manage their health information provides unique opportunities for patient-centered health information technology interventions.


Health Policy Technol


Greenberg AJ,Serrano KJ,Thai CL,Blake KD,Moser RP,Hesse BW,Ahern DK




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2017-03-01 00:00:00












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