A4 Article in conference proceedings
Green Turning Brown – Domain Engineering for Social and Health Services in Finland

List of Authors: Reima Suomi, Pirkko Nykänen, Tapio Vepsäläinen, Riina Hiltunen
Publication year: 2017
Book title *: MEDINFO 2017: Precision Healthcare through Informatics
Title of series: Studies in health technology and informatics
Volume number: 245
Number of pages: 5
ISBN: 978-1-61499-829-7
eISBN: 978-1-61499-830-3
ISSN: 0926-9630



Being able to design information systems to an
untouched domain, without the burden of existing information systems,
especially legacy systems, is often seen as a dream of most information system
professionals.  Uncharted domains are
anyway scarce, and often such greenfield projects turn into brownfield
projects, also to projects where existing structures severely constrain the
development of new systems.  In this
article we discuss the concepts of greenfield and brownfield domain engineering
and software development, and reflect their possible messages to the
re-engineering of the Finnish health- and social care ecosystem currently under
way. In our fieldwork we could identify a lot of need and wish for greenfield
domain engineering in the Finnish health- and social services delivery.  As well we found a lot of brownfield elements
inhibiting change. Our proposal for the future is a ecosystem approach, where
new and established elements could live together in a self-governed balance.

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