EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies 17(13): e3

Research Article

Contextual Design of ICT for Physiotherapy: Toward Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.8-11-2017.153334,
        author={G.B. Postolache and R. Oliveira and O. Postolache},
        title={Contextual Design of ICT for Physiotherapy: Toward Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        keywords={contextual design, information and communication technologies, online training, serious games, knowledge ecosystem.},
  • G.B. Postolache
    R. Oliveira
    O. Postolache
    Year: 2017
    Contextual Design of ICT for Physiotherapy: Toward Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.8-11-2017.153334
G.B. Postolache1,2, R. Oliveira3, O. Postolache2,4,*
  • 1: Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 3: Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 4: ISCTE, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
*Contact email: octavian.postolache@gmail.com


With advances in information and communication technologies (ICT), changes have been produced in physiotherapy provision. However, low adoption of the new technologies calls attention for better theoretical model and methods for ICT design, which may fulfil the needs of health professionals and their patients. In this work we discuss the framework for designing ICT for physiotherapy context based on some of the results obtained during research on requirements and barriers of electronic health records adoption in physiotherapy. We underscore the importance of considering the context - the conditions in social and physical environment as well as end-users internal conditions - for requirements elicitation of the healthcare information system. Identification, training and collaboration with champion/leader in the target community may contribute to creation and evolution of knowledge and innovation ecosystem for dynamic progress in designing and developing of ICT tailored to the people’ needs, expectations and values.