Designing with Care: The Future of Pervasive Healthcare

Ingrid Mulder, Yvonne Schikhof, Martijn Vastenburg, Alan Card, Tory Dunn, Andreas Komninos, Marilyn McGee-Lennon, Mark Santcroos, Gabriele Tiotto, Mieke van Gils, J.W.J.R. van 't Klooster, Annelies Veys, Mohammed Zarifi Eslami

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    Humane care—which is an important design paradigm relevant for pervasive healthcare—means designing systems with care, keeping in mind both users and other stakeholders. Understanding human values is a key factor in creating any successful healthcare application and is essential to avoid dehumanizing and stigmatizing users. By considering human values, designers and developers can create pervasive healthcare applications that better fit users' needs and desires. The Designing with Care 09 workshop aimed to bring together researchers, designers, and practitioners to share their experiences with incorporating values into the design of pervasive healthcare systems and to help understand the sensitive issues involved in designing for healthcare. Based on the findings from the workshop, the present state of the art is discussed, and a research agenda is presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-88
    Number of pages4
    JournalIEEE pervasive computing
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


    • pervasive health applications
    • EWI-16447
    • IR-68642
    • METIS-264117
    • Design methods
    • User involvement
    • Human values


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