Designing with Priorities and Thresholds for Health Care Heterogeneity

eivazzadeh-larsson-iced-2015Research paper published at International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015, Design for Life, Milan, Italy, 27-30 July, 2015.

Abstract

Designing systems working in health care needs complying with the heterogeneous, overlapping, non-overlapping, competing, or even contradicting requirements expressed by the various actors of the health care complex environment, including regulatory bodies. The unification method introduced in this paper, utilized ontological structures to unify heterogeneous requirements in different levels of abstraction. Also the weighting and threshold algorithms defined upon the ontology structure allows to both prioritize the requirements and align design resources upon that priority, at the same time to enforce regulatory requirements in an easy, clear and integrated way and reject designs which cannot comply with them. Application of the method introduced in this paper is not limited to health care, but it might be applied in design for any heterogeneous environment.

Keywords

  • health care technology, design, requirement, ontology, unification, requirement prioritization, design validation

Reference

  • Eivazzadeh, S., P. Anderberg, J. Berglund, T. Larsson (2015). Designing with Priorities and Thresholds for Health Care Heterogeneity : The Approach of Constructing Parametric Ontology. ICED 2015, Design for Life, Milan, Italy, 27-30 July, 2015.
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