PACIS 2020 Proceedings


The rise in the aging population is putting pressures on the healthcare system and generating huge demand for digital health applications. As a result, there are an increasing number of studies that investigate the design and use of digital health applications. However, the design of most digital applications does not distinguish between normal users and elderly users and thus plagues their use. Considering the unique needs of the elderly, it is important to identify ‘elderly-friendly’ application interface designs and technology features that could assist the elderly in managing their health and adopting an active lifestyle. We conducted a systematic review of the literature on digital health applications for elderly users between 2014 and 2019. Our results highlighted a need to explore diversified application designs for the elderly to overcome their physical and cognitive deficiencies in an integrated manner.



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