If personal health records (PHRs) are adopted more readily by the elderly, perhaps this greying of the U.S. population will have a domino effect in other areas of health IT and on the internet itself. Older people have a reputation for being less tech savvy, but if they are drawn to the use of PHRs, how can this be capitalized on in other realms?
The observation that most medical practices in the U.S. are small, without the budget to deeply invest in electronic health records (EHRs), may also have interesting implication for the future. Does this point towards the adoption of more cloud offerings with perhaps a basic level for most practices, and a more robust level for the larger medical centers? This price structure looks more like the one for mobile apps, where those who invest in the “expensive” apps are supporting those who think they can function with the free version.