Sensing behaviour in healthcare design

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Thorpe, Julia Rosemary; Forchhammer, Birgitte Hysse; Maier, Anja
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; 2: Rigshospitalet-Glostrup, Denmark
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 171-180
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


We are entering an era of distributed healthcare that should fit and respond to individual needs, behaviour and lifestyles. Designing such systems is a challenging task that requires continuous information about human behaviour on a large scale, for which pervasive sensing (e.g. using smartphones and wearables) presents exciting opportunities. While mobile sensing approaches are fuelling research in many areas, their use in engineering design remains limited. In this work, we present a collection of common behavioural measures from literature that can be used for a broad range of applications. We focus specifically on activity and location data that can easily be obtained from smartphones or wearables. We further demonstrate how these are applied in healthcare design using an example from dementia care. Comparing a current and proposed scenario exemplifies how integrating sensor-derived information about user behaviour can support the healthcare design goals of personalisation, adaptability and scalability, while emphasising patient quality of life.

Keywords: Human behaviour in design, Technology, Multi- / Cross- / Trans-disciplinary processes, Behavioural measurement, Pervasive healthcare


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