Towards a pattern language approach to sharing experiences in healthcare technology evaluations

Julie Doyle, Aaron Quigley, Paddy Nixon, Brian Caulfield

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Healthcare technologies are becoming increasingly pervasive, moving from controlled clinical and laboratory settings, to real environments such as homes, acute care environments and residential care centres. As a consequence, new challenges arise in evaluating the impact of healthcare technologies and interactions in their context of use. In this paper we propose the use of a pattern language as a means of capturing experiences from researchers in the field of evaluating healthcare technologies. The potential benefits of such an approach include the availability of a centralised repository, or collaborative tool of past experiences which can contribute to the reuse of knowledge, which can encourage and improve communication between interdisciplinary members of the healthcare community and which is presented in a ‘lay’ language, understandable by all. We propose to structure the content of our pattern language along three stages of healthcare, namely home care, residential care and acute care and to organise evaluations across each of these stages in terms of physical, social, intellectual and purpose fitness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI in Work and Learning, Life and Leisure
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Symposium of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering, USAB 2010, Klagenfurt, Austria, November 4-5, 2010
EditorsGerhard Leitner, Martin Hitz, Andreas Holzinger
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783642166075
ISBN (Print)9783642166068
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventUSAB 2010: HCI in Work and Learning, Life and Leisure: 6th Symposium of the Austrian HCI and Usability Engineering Group - Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
Duration: 4 Nov 20105 Nov 2010


OtherUSAB 2010: HCI in Work and Learning, Life and Leisure


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