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Baby boomers' adoption of consumer health technologies: survey on readiness and barriers.
J Med Internet Res. 2014 Sep 08; 16(9):e200.JM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

As they age, baby boomers (born 1946-1964) will have increasing medical needs and are likely to place large demand on health care resources. Consumer health technologies may help stem rising health care needs and costs by improving provider-to-patient communication, health monitoring, and information access and enabling self-care. Research has not explored the degree to which baby boomers are ready for, or are currently embracing, specific consumer health technologies This study explores how baby boomers' readiness to use various technologies for health purposes compares to other segments of the adult population.

OBJECTIVE

The goals of the study are to (1) examine what technologies baby boomers are ready to use for health purposes, (2) investigate barriers to baby boomers' use of technology for health purposes, and (3) understand whether readiness for and barriers to baby boomers' use of consumer health technologies differ from those of other younger and older consumers.

METHODS

Data were collected via a survey offered to a random sample of 3000 subscribers to a large pharmacy benefit management company. Respondents had the option to complete the survey online or by completing a paper-based version of the survey.

RESULTS

Data from 469 respondents (response rate 15.63%) were analyzed, including 258 baby boomers (aged 46-64 years), 72 younger (aged 18-45 years), and 139 older (age >64 years) participants. Baby boomers were found to be similar to the younger age group, but significantly more likely than the older age group to be ready to use 5 technologies for health purposes (health information websites, email, automated call centers, medical video conferencing, and texting). Baby boomers were less ready than the younger age group to adopt podcasts, kiosks, smartphones, blogs, and wikis for health care purposes. However, baby boomers were more likely than older adults to use smartphones and podcasts for health care purposes. Specific adoption barriers vary according to the technology.

CONCLUSIONS

Baby boomers have commonalities with and distinctions from both younger and older adults in their readiness to adopt specific consumer health technologies and the barriers they experience to adoption. Baby boomers' nuances regarding readiness to adopt and the barriers associated with the various forms of consumer health technology should be taken into account by those interested in promoting consumer health technologies use among baby boomers when developing applications, choosing technologies, preparing users for use, and in promotional tactics.

Authors+Show Affiliations

College for Public Health and Social Justice, Department of Health Management & Policy, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO, United States. lerouge@uw.edu.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25199475

Citation

LeRouge, Cynthia, et al. "Baby Boomers' Adoption of Consumer Health Technologies: Survey On Readiness and Barriers." Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 16, no. 9, 2014, pp. e200.
LeRouge C, Van Slyke C, Seale D, et al. Baby boomers' adoption of consumer health technologies: survey on readiness and barriers. J Med Internet Res. 2014;16(9):e200.
LeRouge, C., Van Slyke, C., Seale, D., & Wright, K. (2014). Baby boomers' adoption of consumer health technologies: survey on readiness and barriers. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(9), e200. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.3049
LeRouge C, et al. Baby Boomers' Adoption of Consumer Health Technologies: Survey On Readiness and Barriers. J Med Internet Res. 2014 Sep 8;16(9):e200. PubMed PMID: 25199475.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Baby boomers' adoption of consumer health technologies: survey on readiness and barriers. AU - LeRouge,Cynthia, AU - Van Slyke,Craig, AU - Seale,Deborah, AU - Wright,Kevin, Y1 - 2014/09/08/ PY - 2013/11/05/received PY - 2014/07/03/accepted PY - 2014/06/15/revised PY - 2014/9/10/entrez PY - 2014/9/10/pubmed PY - 2015/7/22/medline KW - adoption KW - aging KW - baby boomer KW - consumer health technology KW - design KW - health KW - human factors KW - man-machine systems KW - personal computing KW - readiness KW - user interfaces SP - e200 EP - e200 JF - Journal of medical Internet research JO - J. Med. Internet Res. VL - 16 IS - 9 N2 - BACKGROUND: As they age, baby boomers (born 1946-1964) will have increasing medical needs and are likely to place large demand on health care resources. Consumer health technologies may help stem rising health care needs and costs by improving provider-to-patient communication, health monitoring, and information access and enabling self-care. Research has not explored the degree to which baby boomers are ready for, or are currently embracing, specific consumer health technologies This study explores how baby boomers' readiness to use various technologies for health purposes compares to other segments of the adult population. OBJECTIVE: The goals of the study are to (1) examine what technologies baby boomers are ready to use for health purposes, (2) investigate barriers to baby boomers' use of technology for health purposes, and (3) understand whether readiness for and barriers to baby boomers' use of consumer health technologies differ from those of other younger and older consumers. METHODS: Data were collected via a survey offered to a random sample of 3000 subscribers to a large pharmacy benefit management company. Respondents had the option to complete the survey online or by completing a paper-based version of the survey. RESULTS: Data from 469 respondents (response rate 15.63%) were analyzed, including 258 baby boomers (aged 46-64 years), 72 younger (aged 18-45 years), and 139 older (age >64 years) participants. Baby boomers were found to be similar to the younger age group, but significantly more likely than the older age group to be ready to use 5 technologies for health purposes (health information websites, email, automated call centers, medical video conferencing, and texting). Baby boomers were less ready than the younger age group to adopt podcasts, kiosks, smartphones, blogs, and wikis for health care purposes. However, baby boomers were more likely than older adults to use smartphones and podcasts for health care purposes. Specific adoption barriers vary according to the technology. CONCLUSIONS: Baby boomers have commonalities with and distinctions from both younger and older adults in their readiness to adopt specific consumer health technologies and the barriers they experience to adoption. Baby boomers' nuances regarding readiness to adopt and the barriers associated with the various forms of consumer health technology should be taken into account by those interested in promoting consumer health technologies use among baby boomers when developing applications, choosing technologies, preparing users for use, and in promotional tactics. SN - 1438-8871 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25199475/Baby_boomers'_adoption_of_consumer_health_technologies:_survey_on_readiness_and_barriers_ L2 - https://www.jmir.org/2014/9/e200/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -