Die Zukunft von eHealth

Am 29. und 30. April 2019 veranstaltet das Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) eine Konferenz zur Zukunft von eHealth. Falls Sie Interesse haben, als Gast an der Konferenz teilzunehmen, registrieren Sie sich bitte via eHealth2019@hiig.de. Die Teilnahme an der Konferenz ist kostenlos. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch statt, untenstehend finden Sie weitere Informationen.


Social, legal and ethical challenges
29–30 April 2019 | HIIG | Französische Str. 9 | 10117 Berlin
International and interdisciplinary conference &
edited volume (to be published in June 2019) 


In recent years, there have been significant technological developments in the field of eHealth. Applications such as electronic health records, wearable technologies (fitness trackers, medical devices, etc.) or telehealth devices that allow patients to consult with a health-care worker using ICT technology, such as video calls or live chats, have led to significant social, legal and ethical challenges and insecurities among patients, healthcare professionals and regulators. Often, these systems are being used in transnational contexts, raising the question of regulatory and policy issues between different jurisdictions. The picture is further complicated by the increase in eHealth applications used on mobile devices (mHealth) as well as the rise of health analytics and automated expert systems (“big data”, “machine learning”).

The conference provides a comprehensive overview of the internationally relevant issues associated with the adoption of eHealth technologies and and offers a multidisciplinary platform for discussing the solutions to the identified challenges. It will feature contributions from scholars coming from diverse fields, such as media and communication studies, law, computer science, sociology and management.


Papers are presented on the following topics (among others):

  • Data protection, privacy, cybersecurity
  • The political economy of (patient) data
  • Patient autonomy and patient empowerment through technology
  • Telehealth in aid and development
  • User innovation
  • Medical surveillance, self-governance and biopolitics
  • Liability and the licensing of healthcare professionals (especially in cross-border contexts, e.g. a comparison of jurisdictions such as the European Union and the African Union)
  • Standardisation (e.g. quality assurance, digital infrastructure, data interoperability, medical standards)
  • Digital literacy and linguistic barriers
  • Ethical challenges (e.g. de-personalisation of medical care) and social consequences (e.g. social inclusion/exclusion; stigma associated with certain diseases)
  • Implications of eHealth technologies for public and private insurance policies
  • Case studies on innovative eHealth technologies and their use


Selected representatives from NGOs, policy and industry are also invited to foster an exchange between academic and more practical perspectives. The topics of development of eHealth applications, adoption of eHealth technology in Asia and Africa, and the ethical challenges associated with eHealth will be addressed in separate panel discussions. Each of the conference days will culminate with a keynote presentation on the main legal and ethical tensions in the field of eHealth by renown experts of the field.


The conference will take place on 29 April and 30 April 2019 in Berlin. To attend the conference, please register by sending an email to eHealth2019@hiig.de. The conference attendance is free of charge.

If you have any questions, contact the organisers Thomas Christian Bächle and Alina Wernick via eHealth2019@hiig.de.


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Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Thomas Christian Bächle, Dr.

Ko-Forschungsprogrammleiter: Die Entwicklung der digitalen Gesellschaft

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