Public Participation in Design of Health Empowering Information Systems: An Idealistic Fantasy or Democratic Effect?

By Anders Barlach.

Published by The Design Collection

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The paper demonstrates how the public can participate in design of an Information Systems to fulfill political stakeholder requirements by employing the empowerment-effects in an effects-driven system development process.
The effects-driven IT development research project aims at developing methods for IT-development projects allowing end-users to engage in collaboration with system implementers on more equal terms. This is achieved as a common goal or measurable effects become the driving motivation in the system design and implementation.

Keywords: e-Health, Empowerment, Participatory Design, Healthcare, Action Research

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.155-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.381MB).

Anders Barlach

Ph.D. Fellow, Computer Science, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

Industrial Ph.D. within DaRSIS (Danish Research School for Information Systems) My area of interest is Participatory Design (PD) focusing on offering theories and methods for IT design in an organizational context. My research also includes Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Cognitive Systems Engineering. I have since 2006 conducted research in collaboration with industry on IT design focusing on how IT designers can cooperate with users and their management especially relating to the clarification of goals, formulation of needs, and design and evaluation of coherent visions for change. The primary domain of research is in healthcare from which my professional background originates as I am still a registered nurse (RN).


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