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.


Universities of Liège (Belgium), of Bochum (Germany), of Deusto (Spain), of Oulu (Finland) and Erasmus Rotterdam (the Netherlands) are launching a one-week Summer School about Aging well in post-industrial territories next September 2023, aiming to bring together students, researchers, local actors and citizens to reflect on paths for future research and developments in that regard.

For more information and interest in participating, read here.


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.


Kucharski, Alexander & Merkel, Sebastian 2023: "Domestication of Smart Speakers by Older Users" read here.

Langer, Henrike & Merkel, Sebastian 2023: "Co-Designing a Conversational Agent in Health and Social Care – Perspectives of Professional Care Staff and Older Adults" read 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" read here.

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

Upcoming Lectures

  • Oct. 04-06, 2023, "The implementation process of a smart speaker in nursing from the perspective of nursing staff," 22nd German Congress on Health Services Research (DKVF 2023), Berlin.
  • Oct. 20, 2023, "Challenges and potentials of the (digital) health economy", Kick-off event of the Digital Health Ruhr coordination office, Essen.