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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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.



We are looking for:

Students who want to be on the other side of research. Since we are currently looking for test persons for our dialog study within the scope of our project dexter, we are now offering the opportunity to do so.

The dexter project is taking on this challenge and developing a system that uses digital voice assistants, also known as smart speakers, to help people - even those without a basic understanding of digital technology - to contact caregivers in emergencies intuitively and without barriers.

If you would like to be part of this study, please contact Henrike Langer or Sebastian Merkel.





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 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
  • 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