Transactions of the International Conference on Health Information Technology Advancement

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Healthcare industry is essential for the wellbeing of society members, however this industry is characterized by high cost and by plagued by serious medical errors. Personal health records (PHR) can play an important role in solving healthcare problems by enhancing patients’ involvement in their treatment, and improving patient-provider communication. Despite the potential importance of PHR systems, they suffer from low adoption rate because of several factors such as digital divide and lack of training. In this paper we propose that mobile PHR systems (MPHR) can aid in overcoming barriers to adopt PHR. We present a theoretical model based on theory of planned behavior and innovation diffusion model that attempts to explain the relationship between mobile technology and MPHR. This model helps in understanding the relationship between mobile technology and PHR, and provide insight to how to overcome PHR adoption barriers.