Welcome to the Junior Professorship for Healthcare and E-Health

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The junior professorship for Health and E-Health researches the impact of digitization on the healthcare sector. It focuses on questions of how (digital) technology can be developed and designed in a participatory manner and which factors affect the implementation of digital technology and how.



The results report of the project "Healthcare Start-up Ökosystem NRW 2021" has now been published. Read the report here.

The Handelsblatt reports on the study from the project "Healthcare Start-up Ökosystem NRW 2021". Read the report here.


Burmann, Anja; Langer, Henrike; Bosompem, Jennifer; Clemens, Timo; Herten, Benjamin; Kerstan, Leah; Lauer, Romy; Naeve, Peter; Geller, Simon; Huhnt, Jönne & Merkel, Sebastian 2022: "Governance of Digital Health Data on Cooperatively Organized Platforms - a Design Thinking Approach" lesen Sie hier.

Naeve, Hans Peter & Merkel, Sebastian 2022: "Fake news, covid19 and Twitter – a bibliometric approach" read here. (preprint)

Merkel, Sebastian; Kucharski, Alexander & Schorr, Sabrina 2022: “Computer, how do smart speakers support aging in place?” – A feature analysis focusing on smart speaker applications in Amazon’s skill store for older persons read here.

Merkel, Sebastian & Langer, Henrike 2022: "Healthy and Active Aging in German Communities" read here in Korean.

Merkel, Sebastian & Huth, Diana 2022: "Digital Health Start-ups as Drivers of Digital Transformation - Challenges from the Perspective of Founders" read more here.

Endter, C., Merkel, S. & Künemund, H. 2022: "The Configuration of Older Users as Drivers of Innovation in the Design of Digital Technologies" read more here.

Merkel, Sebastian & Kucharski, Alexander 2022: "Echo, HomePod und Co. für ältere Menschen - Digitale Assistenten als Gewinner der Pandemie?" read more here.

Bauknecht, Jürgen & Merkel, Sebastian 2022: "Differences in self-reported health between low- and high-income groups in pre-retirement age and retirement age. A cohort study based on the European Social Survey" read more here.

Merkel, Sebastian & Knospe, Tim 2022: "Responsible Innovation in eHealth" read more here.

Merkel, Sebastian & Müller-Mielitz, Stefan  2022: "E-Health-Anwendungen als Motor der digitalen Transformation der Gesundheitswirtschaft" read more here.




Room GD E1/155

Phone: 0234 32 25411


Consultation hours

Fridays from 1 pm. Consultation may be given online or on campus. Please register in advance by mail.

Upcoming Lectures

  • February 24, 2023, "Von eHealth zu Digital Health", Barmenia Wuppertal
  • February 27, 2023, „Partizipative Technikentwicklung", HRI4Kids, CAIS Bochum
  • March 10, 2023, 02:40 a.m.,  "Ausblick Digitale Pflege - Impulse von Start-ups – Ergebnisse aus dem Ergebnisreport des Projektes 'Healthcare Start-up Ökosystem NRW'", Take Care in Bochum, HSG Bochum
  • March 30, 2023, „Digital Health", Runder Tisch der Gesundheitsregionen, Düsseldorf
  • July 23-28, 2023, "Co-designing a voiced-based assistant in health and social care – Perspectives of professional care staff and older adults", 25th International Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, Online, Session PsyTec4VA - What about the human in mobile and voice-based human-technology interaction? The interplay between the psychological and technical perspective for mobile interactive technologies'