Seniors' Use of Health Information Technology Minitrack

By 2050, two billion people, will be older than 60 years. Developed economies already begin facing the issues arising from fewer young people having to take care of more and more seniors and less developed countries are expected to be hit even harder in the foreseeable future (World Health Organization, 2015).

This minitrack invites papers that address the grand challenge ahead be providing insights and suggesting solutions: How can health information technology, including electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) be used to help to provide health related services for an increasingly elderly generation?

The continuous evolution of technology has led to a multi-faceted digitization of health care providing new possibilities for health and well-being for aging individuals and society at large. Innovation in patient-centered technological solutions, such as smartphone apps, health gadgets (smart watches etc.) and specific social media platforms indicate the increasing shift to self- initiated and self-coordinated health measures. These offerings aim to support the preservation of people’s physical, psychological, and social well-being, i.e. they enable longer autonomous living.

Although contemporary technologies aim to assist people in health-related aspects they often do not meet the specific needs and requirements of seniors. Hence, it becomes important to understand how and why elderly people interact with technology and how adequate tools and systems must be designed for this growing segment.

This minitrack is open to a broad variety of research, conceptual or empirical. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Age-related digital divide in the IS discipline
  • Age-related roles and stereotypes with respect to technology
  • Specific IT/IS-adoption patterns of the elderly
  • Online and mobile health platforms and communities for seniors
  • The impact of e- and m-health, virtual communities, and social media on the well- being of seniors
  • Theories and research frameworks for investigating age-related IS phenomena
  • Methodological challenges of investigating elderly people’s technology usage
  • Impact of technology training on technology adoption and usage
  • Effective design of technology for elderly people
  • Factors influencing technology/e-health/m-health adoption and usage of seniors
  • Technology design factors influencing technology adoption and diffusion by seniors
  • Computer and Internet self-efficacy of seniors
  • Technostress of elderly people
  • Success factors, barriers and risks of technology adoption by seniors
  • Understanding of elderly people’s technology needs and requirements
  • User interface design, usability and accessibility issues
  • Integration of elderly people in the design of technology
  • Visions for future technologies for seniors
  • Meta-analyses and meta-syntheses of research on elderly people in various IS phenomena
  • Novel and innovative research on technology for seniors
  • Trust and distrust of elderly people in e- and m-health
  • Changes in personality characteristics and its impact on adoption of technology

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Heiko Gewald (Primary Contact)
Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Wendy Currie
Audencia Business School, Nantes, France

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