Main requirements of a Health and Wellbeing Platform: findings from four focus group discussions
Keijzer-Broers, Wally; Nikayin, Fatemeh; De Reuver, Mark
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Supporting the ageing population is a worldwide challenge as it causes a huge tension on societies, regarding to healthcare budgets, resources, pensions and social security systems. To support people ‘age in place’ we propose a digital matchmaking platform for health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, what should be the main purpose of such a platform is unclear. In this paper, we present the main requirements of a health and wellbeing platform based on four focus group discussions with 28 stakeholders and potential end-users. The findings show that the young elderly (55 - 75) can be considered as the main target group. Accordingly, we found that the most beneficial requirements are related to: contact with others, matchmaking for smart living products and services, and information about local activities. Our research adds design knowledge to digital platform literature and exposes the main requirements of a health and wellbeing platform, which are of value for practitioners in the field.