Prototyping a Personal Health Record Taking Social and Usability Perspectives into Account

  • Enrico Maria Piras
  • Barbara Purin
  • Marco Stenico
  • Stefano Forti
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 27)


This paper presents the process of design involved in prototyping a Personal Health Record (PHR), a patient-centered information and communication hub. As the PHR has to be used by laypeople, we focused on their health related activities (i.e. information management) carried out in the household using a sociological perspective to elicit the infrastructural requirements of the IT. We identified three distinct document management strategies (zero effort, erratic, networking) and ‘translated’ them into three design characteristics: flexibility, adaptability and customizability. We argue that the key to such PHR success is its capability to support the existing activities carried out by laypeople in managing their health record.


Personal Health Record SOA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Maria Piras
    • 1
  • Barbara Purin
    • 1
  • Marco Stenico
    • 1
  • Stefano Forti
    • 1
  1. 1.Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)(Trento)Italy

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