CITH - Co-Constructing IT and Healthcare

Project

Purpose

The CITH project focuses on the treatment of chronic heart failure patients with Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICDs) at the Heart Centre at Rigshospitalet and Bispebjerg Hospital. The overall goal is to contribute to a safe and secure life for patients through designing improved IT-support for communication and collaboration between all involved parties. CITH will advance the conceptual and practical understanding of how to model, develop and implement socio-technical IT solutions for communication and collaboration within heterogeneous and distributed healthcare networks.

Method

The project applies an explorative, experimental and interventionist approach within an overall participatory design research strategy involving health professionals, patients and relatives. CITH starts by examining the feasibility of the existing ICD telemonitoring system. The findings then inform the development, through iterative prototyping and testing in real life situations, of IT applications and services to support communication and collaboration across organizational and professional boundaries and between patients’ homes and the hospitals.

Participants

CITH is a collaborative project between the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, the IT University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet and Bispebjerg Hospital. More than 50 patients and relatives are or have been participating in project activities.

Funding

The CITH project ran from 2008-2013, funded by the The Danish Council for Strategic Research and the participating parties.

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