The junior professorship analyses innovative processes in the field of healthcare, from development and design to the stages of implementation and diffusion. The focus is set on the question of how technical and social innovations are designed, accepted, adopted and implemented by users and how those innovations diffuse in the healthcare sector.

There are three main focuses in research and teaching:

1) Technology design and aging

Against the backdrop of demographic changes, the use of technology to support active and healthy aging is becoming increasingly relevant. Considering the design of these technologies, the users play a central role and the focus of research lies on ways and methods of user integration within the development and design processes.

2) Implementation and diffusion of technical innovations within the healthcare sector

Innovations are not only (not) accepted and adopted by (potential) users, they are also implemented by organizations such as hospitals or nursing homes. These appropriation and implementation processes are being analyzed.

3) digital health startups

The start-up sector is producing technical as well as social innovations, and digital health is becoming increasingly important alongside "classical" fields such as medical technology. So far, this landscape is largely unexplored and young companies, their developments and challenges are not yet sufficiently documented.

However, the focal points are not to be regarded as strictly separated from each other, but rather as interrelated and intertwined. The field of digitization represents a cross-sectional area in which both content and methodology overlap.