The Digital Heart Manual

The Digital Heart Manual

An important case study on how to design social machines for healthcare contexts, this project investigates the Heart Manual Programme, a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme. Through various participatory design methods, our work on this project elicited the requirements for a social machine in this space and we carried out a proof of concept evaluation with a prototype.

Our prototype system was largely positively received and rated highly on system usability. Our work suggests that adopting a participatory approach where stakeholders are active, equal participants throughout the design process leads to more usable, likeable, and thus more successful social machines.

Publications
Deighan, C., Michalova L., Pagliari C., Elliott J.., Taylor L., & Rinaldi H.. (2017).  The Digital Heart Manual: A pilot study of an innovative cardiac rehabilitation programme developed for and with users. Patient Education and Counseling. 100,
Hanschke, V., Manataki A., Alexandru C. Adriana, Papapanagiotou P., Deighan C., Taylor L., et al. (2017).  Designing a Social Machine for the Heart Manual Service. Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2017). 435-440.