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Workshop on Best Practices for Scaling-Up Digital Innovations in Healthcare - Scale-IT-up 2023

16 - 18 February, 2023 - Lisbon, Portugal

In conjunction with the 16th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC 2023


Hannes Schlieter
Technische Universität Dresden
Brief Bio
Dr. Hannes Schlieter is head of the Research Group Digital Health at the Faculty of Economics at TU Dresden. His research focuses on theories and design issues in the field of digital transformation, especially, but not exclusively, in the healthcare sector (Digital Health). His research contributions in the areas of methodological research, adaptation of digital care solutions, implementation of digital health ecosystems, standardization and digitization of patient pathways, and design and development of virtual coaching applications reflect the interdisciplinary nature of his research in national, as well as international research collaborations. His work has already been published in over 90 publications. Currently, Dr. Hannes Schlieter is also the spokesperson of the "FG Digital Health" in the "Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V." (the German Informatics Society). Furthermore, from 2017-2020 he was the head of the junior research group Care4Saxony. In the Research Group Digital Health, Dr. Hannes Schlieter is responsible for strategic orientation, international cooperation, and third-party funding activities. In this role, he works EU projects like vCare, collaborates in Gatekeeper, and is part of national projects, such as MiHubX and QPATH4MS.
Tobias Kowatsch
Centre for Digital Health Interventions, University of Zurich, University of St. Gallen & ETH Zurich
Brief Bio
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch is Associate Professor for Digital Health Interventions at the Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich. He is also Director at the School of Medicine, University of St.Gallen, and the Scientific Director of the Centre for Digital Health Interventions (, CDHI). CDHI is a joint initiative of the Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care at the University of Zurich, the School of Medicine, and the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen, and the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich. In close collaboration with his interdisciplinary team and research partners, Tobias designs digital health interventions at the intersection of information systems research, computer science, and behavioral medicine. He helped initiate and participates in the ongoing development of MobileCoach (, an open source platform for ecological momentary assessments, health monitoring, and digital health interventions. He is also co-founder of the ETH Zurich and University of St.Gallen spin-off company Pathmate Technologies which creates and delivers digital clinical pathways.
Kai Gand
TU Dresden
Brief Bio
Kai Gand studied Business Information Systems at TU Dresden where he also received his doctoral degree in 2019. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Business Informatics. His primary research interests include business models, business modelling and health information systems in general. He is engaged in nationally and European funded projects on digitalisation in healthcare, project manager of a Horizon 2020 project and part of a research group that investigates the digital transformation of healthcare systems overall.


Digital Health Applications (DiGA) and Acceptance of Digital Therapeutics

Tobias Bachmann
Head of Market Access, Selfapy

Brief Bio
Tobias Bachmann is a trained business information scientist and has been working as Head of Market Access for Selfapy since October 2022. Selfapy is a Berlin-based startup that offers digital therapies for people who are waiting for a therapy place, for example. Selfapy currently has two courses in the DiGA [German officially prescribable Digital Health Application] directory and is seeking additional listings in the DiGA directory. After completing his dual bachelor's degree in business administration in Hamburg and London and several years of work experience in the media industry, Tobias Bachmann completed the elite network program in Finance and Information Management (FIM) at the Technical University of Munich, the University of Augsburg and the University of Bayreuth. During his master's degree, he specialized his research on topics and issues related to the digital transformation of healthcare as well as blockchain technology, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Project Group Business Informatics, the FIM Core Competence Center, and the Copenhagen Business School. Most recently, he worked as a Digital Health Officer at the German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (vfa), where he was responsible for all topics related to digital health, including digital therapeutics and the use of health data for research and innovation.

Digital technologies make it possible to overcome the time and location limitations of traditional treatment approaches and thus have the potential to close gaps in care and improve the quality of care. One example is digital therapeutics, i.e., evidence-based therapeutic interventions offered through mobile health applications ("apps") that enable the prevention, management, or treatment of disease (Digital Therapeutics Alliance, 2021). Although Germany's DiGAs (digital health apps) have enabled the regulatory integration of digital therapeutics into healthcare, many of these promising innovations have not yet been widely adopted. Digital therapeutics are fundamentally different from the established processes and paradigms of drug prescribing and require a high level of digital literacy among physicians and patients, which has so far hardly found its way into medical education curricula. In this regard, the acceptance and competence of physicians in particular, who "decide the fate of the digital therapeutics industry" through their prescriptions, has not been adequately addressed but is of even greater importance (Bhavnani & Shah, 2020). To date, 66.4% of physicians have not yet prescribed digital therapeutics, with the costs of use as well as privacy issues being the primary reasons for rejecting digital applications (Stiftung Gesundheit, 2022).


Healthcare delivery undergoes a rapid change from traditional processes towards the use of digital health interventions and personalized medicine. On the one side, hospitals and health care providers introduce hospital information systems, electronic health records and telemedicine solutions for more efficient workflows within and beyond institutions. On the other side, patients may choose between a wide range of digital health applications provided by wearables and mobile phone applications supporting their self-management, health and well-being. 

However, the question of how sustainable digital health implementation and diffusion can be successfully reached is not sufficiently solved yet. Also, it is questionable whether and which limitations still stay to ensure the continuity of care having digital health applications in place. For example, the German legislation on and introduction of DiGAs (Digital Health Applications ) as additional formally prescribable and statutorily funded therapy mode was well-acknowledged all over Europe. However, their actual added value and the possibility of more user-driven interventions remain questionable. Furthermore, it would be interesting to know what the prerequisites are or should be in order to arrive at "DiGA-like" applications across the board.

Our workshop seeks for submissions dealing with such questions and especially the diffusion and adoption of digital health innovations. We also invite papers on digital health innovations on an early stage of research that are presenting best practices or study protocols for successful uptake. We welcome research and theory papers as well as case studies. The workshop includes paper presentations, invited talks and open workshop parts for discussing innovative topics. Paper contributions are possible as regular papers, position papers or abstracts.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Innovative and implemented (telemedical) care models to mitigate the demographic impact on the health care system
  • Implementation strategies, implementation research or models for localizing and tailoring of digital health applications
  • Augmenting traditional healthcare scenarios by digital health innovations as for example user-centered DiGA-like applications and user-driven interventions in general ensuring continuity of care; research on the actual added value and implementation pre-conditions of such
  • Transformation of traditional care processes by the use of information and communication technologies, e.g. successful intra- and interorganizational implementation of health information systems, or telemedicine/eHealth applications
  • Dissemination and adoption strategies for digital health innovations


Paper Submission: November 22, 2022 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 11, 2022 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 18, 2023 (expired)


Oscar Castro, Future Health Technologies programme, Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore
Wai Sze Chan, Psychology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Daniel Fürstenau, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ana Rita Londral, Value for Health CoLAB, Portugal
Ali Sunyaev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


BIOSTEC Workshops - Scale-IT-up 2023