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Invited Commentary
September 2015

A User-Centered Design Approach to Information Sharing for Older Patients and Their Families

Author Affiliations
  • 1Information Technology Services, Stanford Health Care, Stanford, California
  • 2Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 3Division of General Medical Disciplines, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(9):1498-1499. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2907

The development of technology that drives and enables engagement with patients and their families is accelerating at an unprecedented pace. Demand is driven by patients seeking the best quality and experience as well as by health care organizations, payers, and policy makers in response to health care costs, especially for the older US population. Per-person personal health care spending in 2013 for individuals 65 years or older was 5 times higher than spending per child and 3 times higher than spending per working-age person in 2010.1 With nearly 60% of seniors reporting use of the Internet in 2014 (up from just 35% in 2008),2 the importance of digital health care technology for the elderly population is paramount.

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