Generic Requirements for Inclusive Healthcare Software: Supporting Older Adults and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Ita Richardson, Bilal Ahmad, Shweta Premanandan, Owen Doody, Sarah Beecham, Sofia Ouhbi, Muneef Alsahmmari, Asa Cajander

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Abstract

As healthcare technology advances, it is important to ensure that everyone benefits from healthcare software, regardless of age or ability. That is why our research team has been working to identify and encapsulate the unique needs of two groups when developing software systems: older adults and people with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through our research, we have developed design patterns that software engineers can use to create more usable healthcare software to support these groups. These patterns identify the generic requirements for usability including accessibility, crucial for creating software that meets the needs of marginalised populations. In this paper, we describe the steps we undertook to identify and develop these requirements. We discover many overlapping needs of these two cohorts. Our research aims to benefit older adults and people with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities and improve the lives of many others facing similar challenges. As we expand our research to other cohorts, we will be able to identify additional generic requirements that make healthcare software development more inclusive and effective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 31st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops, REW 2023
EditorsKurt Schneider, Fabiano Dalpiaz, Jennifer Horkoff
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages423-431
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9798350326918
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event31st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops, REW 2023 - Hannover, Germany
Duration: Sept 4 2023Sept 8 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings - 31st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops, REW 2023

Conference

Conference31st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops, REW 2023
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHannover
Period9/4/239/8/23

Keywords

  • accessibility
  • cohort
  • design patterns
  • generic requirements
  • healthcare software
  • usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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