DCPH Workshop 2021

Design Contributions to Pervasive Health & Care Services

Workshop organised at Pervasive Health 2021

EAI PervasiveHealth 2021 – 15th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare – December 6-8, 2021, Tel Aviv, Israel – the conference & this workshop will be held online.

A design approach (e.g. Interaction Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, Service Design…) to pervasive health & care services (PHCS) will deliver a better quality of services and improvements to the quality of life of the services end-users (within the scope of this workshop these are older individuals of +65yrs).

The workshop is about designs that encourage and support services users into adopting better lifestyles to improve their condition, and into practicing better self-management of their condition. Alleviating resources, staff, or time pressure on service providers. This could be done with design interventions to stimulate long-lasting effects on patient motivation, affects, and engagement with their health and care plans. There is also a focus on the medical and care benefits of such a design approach, notably the improvement of compliance and the reduction of the users’ demands on health and care services.


Charlotte MAGNUSSON – Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.

Vivian MOTTI – School of Computing, George Mason University, USA

Benjamin SALEM[1] – School of Engineering, The University of Liverpool Liverpool, UK 

Email: bensalem [at] liverpool.ac.uk  Direct Line : +44 151 794 6048


This workshop has been planned as a forum to discuss the contribution design, and in particular design methodologies and processes, can make to PHCS. It is also a forum, across a variety of disciplines and design specialisms, to identify the main opportunities and challenges of designing for PHCS. Such design opportunities and challenges, to be addressed within the workshop, can be summarised as design approaches, processes, and methodologies to:

1. Develop emerging concepts and approaches and translate these into the delivery of health and care services in an end-user centered ecology approach.

2. Trigger long-lasting end-user’s motivation and engagement changes that are conducive to an effective delivery of health and care services.

3. Address daily interactions of end-users with PHC as services and as an ecology centred around them.

4. Allow for the personalisation and adaptation of the PHCS to the end-users, their condition, lifestyle, culture and socio-economics.

5. Facilitate the management and usage by the end-users of their medical and personal data.

Topics & Scope

We seek position paper contributions with concepts, theories, design approaches, case studies, and (preliminary) results aiming to address issues, such as (but not limited to):

  • End-users (and close relatives) as fully participating active partners in the management of the patient’s condition and the operation of the PHCS, taking into account their lifestyle and needs.
  • Negative aspects of the condition, notably psychological ones and how they are integrated into the self-management planning and are focus points of the PHCS implementation
  • Daily patient interaction with the PHCS and in particular with their personal and health data, their privacy, and their engagement with other users.
  • Interventions at the pre-diagnostic (e.g. detections of potential health problems), and post-diagnostic (e.g. compliance with medications and self-care routines) stages.


  1. A preparatory work at the participants’ institutions, where each participant will set up a team to deliver a design proposal to be presented during the workshop. It can be original work completed specifically for this workshop or a combination of original and previous design/research work.
  2. A full-day event, the workshop will start with each team presenting the overview of their position paper and then present the design work they have completed as part of the workshop. Each presentation will include: 15 min position statement, 30 min presentation of Design work completed and, Q&A. There will then be a discussion on what key points and conclusions need to be highlighted, further elaborated, and finalised. The workshop will conclude with key points of a design manifesto for Pervasive Health and Care Services.

Position Paper

The position paper should outline the author(s) research work and interests that are of relevance to this workshop, in particular projects on PHCS where design has been a contributing factor. The paper should also highlight the author(s) position on the workshop aims and scope and outline the approach used to deliver the design projects to be presented at the workshop.

Design Project

The design project should be prepared and run within the authors’ institution, involving UG and PG students, preferably from a variety of disciplines, as well as for example end-users. The project should address any motivation points or topics and scope of the workshop, for example addressing one of the following challenges:-

  • Data collection, correlation, and visualisation to end-users and other users (e.g. health and care professionals, relatives).
  • Integration of the delivery of health and care services into an effective ecology that is end-user centred (e.g. a single mobile phone application).
  • Transformational approaches to the delivery of health and care services (e.g. gamification, peers’ support & communities).
  • Resilient health and care services delivery (e.g. Social distancing, lack of end-user engagement, technical failures).
  • Identification of end-users and other stakeholders Needs, Requirements, and Desires for a successful delivery of PHCS

The design project should include the following content to be presented on the day of the workshop:

  • Interaction Storyboard
  • Visualisation and identification of intervention points (e.g. a slide)
  • Visualisation of a concept as either a virtual simulation or a physical working prototype (e.g. an animation or a 3D printed prototype).
  • Visualisation of disciplines involved and their interaction in the project (e.g. flowchart).


Please prepare your 6 pages (excluding references) paper using the Springer LNICST Authors’ Kit.

Papers should be submitted through EAI Confy+‘ system, instructions and templates are available from Springer’s LNICST homepage (or see Author’s kit section).

Please make sure that your paper adheres to the format as specified in the instructions and templates.

Selection Instructions

Submissions will be reviewed by a technical programme committee and final decisions will be made by the workshop organisers taking into account the originality of contribution and relevance to the workshop theme.

When uploading the camera-ready copy of your paper, please be sure to upload both:

  1. a PDF copy of your paper formatted according to the above templates, and
  2. an archive file (e.g. zip, tar.gz) containing both a PDF copy of your paper and LaTeX or Word source material prepared according to the above guidelines.

Submissions key dates

Friday 8 October 2021 – Deadline for position paper submission to the workshop organisers

Friday 29 October 2021 – Workshop position papers outcome notification

Friday 12 November 2021 – Deadline for camera-ready submissions

All deadlines are AoE timezone.

Workshop Planned Outcome

The workshop will conclude by identifying promising design approaches and processes to PHCS, as well as key opportunities and challenges pertaining to the design of PHCS. The organisers of the workshop will gather insights and summarise the workshop outcomes in a journal paper on a manifesto for design contributions to pervasive health & care services. Selected authors of workshop position papers will be invited to develop their contributions following the workshop, as co-authors for the submission of a journal publication.

[1] Primary Contact for the workshop