Too old for technology? Use of wearable healthcare devices by older adults and their willingness to share health data with providers

Chandrasekaran, Ranganathan ORCID logoORCID:, Katthula, Vipanchi and Moustakas, Evangelos ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Too old for technology? Use of wearable healthcare devices by older adults and their willingness to share health data with providers. Health Informatics Journal, 27 (4) . pp. 1-14. ISSN 1460-4582 [Article] (doi:10.1177/14604582211058073)

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Wearable healthcare devices offer tremendous promise to effectively track and improve the well-being of older adults. Yet, little is known about the use of wearable devices by older adults. Drawing upon a national survey in US with 1481 older adults, we examine the use of wearable healthcare devices and the key predictors of use viz. sociodemographic factors, health conditions, and technology self-efficacy. We also examine if the predictors are associated with elders’ willingness to share health data from wearable devices with healthcare providers. We find low level of wearable use (17.49%) among US older adults. We find significant positive associations between technology self-efficacy, health conditions, and demographic factors (gender, race, education, and annual household income) and use of wearable devices. Men were less likely (OR = 0.62, 95% CI 0.36–1.04) and Asians were more likely (OR = 2.60, 95% CI 0.89–7.64) to use wearables, as did healthy adults (OR = 1.98, 95% CI 1.37–2.87). Those who electronically communicated with their doctors (OR = 1.86, 95% CI 1.16–2.97), and those who searched online for health information (OR = 1.79, 95% CI 1.03–3.10) were more likely to use wearables. Though 80.15% of wearable users are willing to share health data with providers, those with greater technology self-efficacy and favorable attitudes toward exercise are more willing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Original Research Article, wearable healthcare devices, health monitoring, smart wearables, wearable use, elderly adults, survey study
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 34196
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