E-HEALTH-COM ist das unabhängige Fachmagazin für Gesundheitstelematik, vernetzte Medizintechnik , Telemedizin und Health-IT für Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz. Seit 2015 ist E-HEALTH-COM offzielles Verbandsorgan des Bundesverbandes Gesundheits-IT - bvitg e. V.

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April |

Konferenz "The Futures of eHealth - Social, legal and ethical challenges"
29. – 30. April 2019

Am 29. und 30. April 2019 veranstaltet das Alexander von Humboldt Insitut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) eine Konferenz zur Zukunft von eHealth. Bis Ende Juni 2019 soll eine Publikation zu dem Thema entstehen. Einreichungen sind ab jetzt möglich, weitere Informationen finden Sie untenstehend. Sowohl die Konferenz als auch die Publikation sind in englischer Sprache.


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”).


Both the conference and the subsequent publication aim to identify relevant issues and seek to provide answers to those questions. We welcome contributions from scholars in the diverse fields examining eHealth, such as media and communication studies, law, computer science, sociology and management. Interdisciplinary approaches (e.g those combining social and legal issues) are encouraged. Selected representatives from NGOs, policy and industry will also be invited to this event to foster an exchange between academic and more practical perspectives.


Papers are invited 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 occupational 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)
  • Status and implications of eHealth technologies in public and private insurance policies


Besides papers on these more general topics, we explicitly invite case studies on innovative eHealth technologies and their use (such as electronic health records, mHealth, telehealth, VR technology, machine learning applications, blockchain, implants) as well as on the contexts in which they are applied. A particular focus is on telehealth and the policy implications of current regulations for physicians practicing telemedicine. Relevant questions to be discussed during the conference include:

  • What are the applicable legal requirements for rendering these services?
  • What are the standards of treatment and documentation? How can the standards of treatment be enforced; what agencies are competent to act?
  • What are the legal requirements for licensing?
  • What standards apply regarding cybersecurity?
  • What are the standards of liability?