Faithful to the Earth: Reporting Experiences of Artifact-Centered Design in Healthcare

  • Federico CabitzaEmail author
Conference paper


In this paper we report about two design experiences in the domain of healthcare information technology that shed light on the advantages of getting rid of complex and abstract representations of hospital work and of concentrating on the artifacts that practitioners habitually use in their daily practice. We ground our approach in the recent literature on the often unintended shortcomings exhibited by healthcare information systems and propose a lightweight method to support the phases of requirement elicitation and functional design. We then discuss the main requirements expressed in our recent research activity and provide examples of how to address them in terms of modular and artifact-centered design solutions.


Health Practitioner Electronic Patient Record Application Logic Business Rule Hospital Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università degli Studi di Milano BicoccaMilanoItaly

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