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.


New Project

"Training Program for Enhancing the Adoption of Mobile Health Technologies by Persons With Mild Dementia" will launch in December 2021 and continue until the end of 2023. The project aims to identify people with dementia, their relatives and professional caretakers, and to develop training methods to ensure the intended use of these technologies. It receives funding through the Erasmus+ program, and includes cooperation with nine other institutions. They are located in countries such as Greece, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.

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New publication

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

Bauknecht, Jürgen & Merkel, Sebastian "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 "Responsible Innovation in eHealth" read more here.

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



  • July 7, 2022 Poster presentation: Langer, Henrike; Naeve, Peter & Schorr, Sabrina "Berufsbegleit  end Studierende als Expert:innen: Co-Creation Workshops zum Einsatz von Smart Speakern in der Pflege", Digital Humanities Day #4, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • September 27, 2022, 01:15-01:45 pm, Schorr, Sabrina, "A new voice in care - Die digitalisierung in der Pflege aus Sicht des Pflegepersonals am Beispiel eines Smart Speakers", Forum für studentische Abschlussarbeiten, DGS-Kongress






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

  • September 8-9, 2022, 02:00-03:30 pm, 2022 Merkel, Sebastian, "Using Smart Speaker for Health and Social Care by Older Users. An Explorative Study", Health Data Practices, Universität Siegen
  • September 11, 2022, Merkel, Sebastian & Hess, Moritz, "Session 3: Academic publishing", DGGG-Nachwuchsworkshop, Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main
  • September 14, 2022, H. Köckler, F. Schmitz, S. Merkel "Urban Health als Geschäftsfeld - Informationsveranstaltung für zukünftige Gründereinnen und Gründer an der Ruhr", MedEcon Ruhr
  • October 22-26, 2022, A. Baumeister, J. Bleja, B. Klein, A. Kucharski, S. Merkel, "Current trends in Gerontechnology. Recent findings from the Austrian-German-Swiss Chapter", ISG 2022, Daequ Korea