Design Science Research Opportunities in Health Care

  • Alan R. HevnerEmail author
  • Nilmini Wickramasinghe
Part of the Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age book series (Healthcare Delivery Inform. Age)


Design science research (DSR) seeks to grow technology and science knowledge bases via the creation of innovative artifacts that solve problems and improve the environments in which they are instantiated. The field of healthcare offers many opportunities for the use of DSR to design innovations with a goal of improving the effectiveness and efficiencies of healthcare products, services, and delivery. We identify areas of opportunity via a qualitative survey of recent healthcare projects that apply DSR methods. Two cases are explored in more detail to demonstrate the use of DSR in challenging healthcare environments. Goals of purposefulness and innovation are identified in the projects. We conclude with a discussion of how DSR can have a broader impact on future research and practice in healthcare.


Design science research methodology Design science research Innovation Digital health ecosystems Clinical protocols Health architectures 



We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of Avijit Sengupta, Gandhar Pathak, Onkar Malgonde, Vinay Dabhade, Shifa Chaudhary, and Catherine Fernando. This team of University of South Florida graduate students performed a thorough literature review of healthcare papers that used design science research methods.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityKew EastAustralia

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