Computer Supported Cooperative Work—Exploratory Study on CSCW and Groupware Technologies and its Applicability in the Health Area

  • Frederico Branco
  • Ramiro GonçalvesEmail author
  • José Martins
  • José Bessa
  • Ana Baptista
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 445)


Since the dawn of human civilization that cooperation among individuals is observed. In the most primitive stage this phenomenon was manifested through hunting groups, progressing to the construction of objects and buildings and in a later phase in the construction of modern society itself. Nowadays with the advent of technology and rise of ICT, collaborative processes across workgroups in organizations have been increasingly supported by this concept. The use of technology for supporting collaborative processes of working groups led to the creation of areas of study as CSCW and Groupware. In the health area, collaborative platforms have been used for supporting medical distance learning, social networks for collaboration, patient monitoring, discussion forums and sharing of medical media content. This paper has the goal of analyzing technological advances and the application of collaborative platforms in the health area, through an exploratory work of literature and application analysis and discussion.


CSCW Collaborative platforms Groupware Health Case study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederico Branco
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ramiro Gonçalves
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • José Martins
    • 1
    • 2
  • José Bessa
    • 1
  • Ana Baptista
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TEC and UTADUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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