DESIGNING WITH PRIORITIES AND THRESHOLDS FOR HEALTH CARE HETEROGENEITY: THE APPROACH OF CONSTRUCTING PARAMETRIC ONTOLOGY
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman
Author: Eivazzadeh, Shahryar; Anderberg, Peter; Berglund, Johan; Larsson, Tobias
Institution: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes
Designing for complex health care environments needs to address heterogeneous, competing, or even contradicting requirements expressed in different wordings and levels of abstraction by various actors of the health care complex environment, i.e. health care consumers, health care professionals, regulatory bodies, production lines, and marketing departments. The method introduced in this paper, utilizes ontological structures to unify heterogeneous requirements in different levels of abstraction. A weighting mechanism, which utilizes the ontology structure, allows to prioritize the requirements, while a threshold mechanism enforces minimum required qualities in a clear and integrated way. The application of the method is not limited to designing for health care, and it might be applied in design processes for similar environments or can be used to communicate standard requirements and regulations in clear ontology structures.