ISHANDS-SEM-B: Digital Health and Digital Technologies

Overview and Objective

The Chair of Information Systems, Health and Society in the Digital Age offers a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s seminar. This semester’s topic combines the increasing use of different digital technologies with the context of health. The seminar aims to motivate students to engage with the latest technological trends and develop an understanding of how these can be used to increase user well-being.


Practice shows that digital technologies are beneficial in disruptive situations. For example, when falling off a bike, smartwatches can automatically call for help without the user having to do anything. They also offer valuable insights by tracking heart rate and other health-related data. On the contrary, practice points to threats associated with using such health technologies. For instance, unauthorized access to health data may result in privacy issues, or users might compare themselves too much and feel stressed. Overall, this indicates that digital technologies afford challenges and opportunities, which will be reflected in the following topics:

  1. Foundations of Digital Health (Note: Especially suitable for Bachelor students)
  2. Digital Technology as a Source of (Techno)Stress
  3. Digital Technology as a Source of Privacy Concerns
  4. Digital Technology as a Source of IT Addiction
  5. Digital Technology as a Source of Bullying and Anxiety
  6. The Usage of Telehealth and Telemedicine
  7. The Usage of Wearables and Smartwatches
  8. The Usage of Electronic Health Records
  9. The Usage of Healthcare Platforms (e.g., jameda)

Timeline of the seminar

  • The initial meeting with all seminar participants will be on Friday, October 20th (12:00 - 14:00 pm)
  • The deadline for the seminar paper will be on Friday, December 22nd (11:55 pm)
  • The presentations will be held in person as part of a block seminar starting on Friday, January 12th to Sunday, January 14th
  • Seminar papers and presentations are to be submitted digitally via upload in the Virtual Campus (VC)

Evaluation of the seminar

  • 66.6 percent on the written exam (seminar paper)
  • 33.3 percent on the vocal exam (presentation and discussion)
  • Note: Students need to pass each the written (seminar paper) and the vocal exam (presentation and discussion) with at least a sufficient grade (“ausreichend”) to pass the seminar §9 (10) (APO der Fakultät Wirtschaftsinformatik und Angewandte Informatik)

Application for the seminar

  • Application deadline is Monday, October 16th (10:00 am)
  • Please apply by completing the form below and indicate your preferred topics
  • You will receive an email between Monday, October 16th, and Thursday, October 19th, telling you whether your application was successful.
  • Note: please check your email regularly – if we do not receive an acceptance email from you, we will allow other students to participate in the seminar.
  • If you want to join another seminar, please contact Prof. Dr. Christian Maier (christian.maier(at) and disclose your decision so other students can participate.

Further requirements of the seminar:

  • While we want to motivate students to submit the seminar paper and/or present their results in English, there is the possibility to submit and/or present in German
  • The length of the seminar paper follows international guidelines.
  • The presentation should be between 15 and 20 minutes.