From prototype to product: making participatory design of mHealth commercially viable

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This paper delves into the challenges of engaging patients, clinicians and industry stakeholders in the participatory design of an mHealth platform for patient-clinician collaboration. It follows the process from the development of a research prototype to a commercial software product. In particular, we draw attention to four major challenges of (a) aligning the different concerns of patients and clinicians, (b) designing according to clinical accountability, (c) ensuring commercial interest, and (d) dealing with regulatory constraints when prototyping safety critical health Information Technology. Using four illustrative cases, we discuss what these challenges entail and the implications they pose to Participatory Design. We conclude the paper by presenting lessons learned.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticipatory design and health information technology
EditorsAnne Marie Kanstrup, Ann Bygholm, Pernille Bertelsen, Christian Nøhr
Number of pages18
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-739-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-740-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics

    Research areas

  • commercially viable, design intervention, living lab, mHealth, Participatory design, prototyping

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