3.20 Simonsen, J. and M. Hertzum (2006): "A Regional PD Strategy for EPR Systems: Evidence-Based IT Development", in G. Jacucci, F. Kensing, I. Wagner, and J. Blomberg (Eds.): Proceedings of the ninth biannual Participatory Design Conference 2006 Vol. II (PDC'2006), Expanding Boundaries in Design, August 1-5, 2006 Trento, Italy, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - CPSR, Palo Alto, CA 94302-0717, pp. 125-128.


One of the five regions in Denmark has initiated a remarkable and alternative strategy for the development of Electronic Patient Record (EPR) systems. This strategy is driven by Participatory Design (PD) experiments and based on evidence of positive effects on the clinical practice when using EPR systems. We present this PD strategy and our related research on evidence-based IT development. We report from a newly completed PD experiment with EPR in the region conducted through a close collaboration comprising a neurological stroke unit, the region’s EPR unit, the vendor, as well as the authors.