Track Chairs

Heiko Gewald, Professor, Hochschule Neu-Ulm University of Applied Science, Germany. Email:

Andreas Eckhardt, Professor, German Graduate School of Management and Law, Germany. Email:

Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Professor, Deakin University, Australia. Email:


Track Description

Health Information Technology and IS for Healthcare

Healthcare systems around the world are struggling with the monumental challenges of providing quality care to an aging population, as well as facilitating the monitoring and management of exponentially increasing chronic diseases such as diabetes or obesity. Health IT is expected to deliver a measurable impact on managing these challenges. However, up to know evidence is scarce whether Health IT lives up to the promise.

This track seeks conceptual, empirical and design science papers that enhance our knowledge on all facets of Health IT.

We specifically look for papers dealing with

  • The challenges of the ageing population

  • well-being / wellness-tourism / medical-tourism

  • Mobile Health solutions and electronic gadgets

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavior changing digital interventions and persuasive technology

  • Telemedicine and telehealth and their impacts on health and economic outputs

  • Adoption, diffusion, and assimilation of health information systems

  • Wearable health devices and their health outcomes

  • Virtual Communities and their impact on patient empowerment and patient safety.

  • User-Generated Content and its impact on healthcare practices and providers

  • Health IT for the physically and cognitively challenged

  • Design and implementation of health information technologies

  • Privacy and security of health information

  • Healthcare analytics

  • Specific IT/IS adoption and usage patterns of the elderly

  • Digital health platforms and communities for the elderly

  • The impact of technology usage on well-being of the elderly

  • Theories and research frameworks for investigating age-related IS phenomen

  • Methodological challenges of investigating elderly people's technology usage

  • Impact of technology training on elderly’s perceptions and behaviors

  • Effective design of digital technologies for elderly people

  • Computer and IT-related self-efficacy of the elderly

  • Understanding of elderly people's technology needs and requirements

  • User interface design, usability and accessibility issues

  • Integration of elderly people in the design of technology

  • Visions for future technologies for elderly people

  • IOT technologies for assisted living

  • Meta-analyses and meta-syntheses of research on elderly people and IS

  • IT-Security for elderly people (esp. pishing, scamming etc.)

  • Trust and distrust of elderly people in digital technologies

  • Social Media for the elderly


Track Associate Editors

1. Alex Wang, Murdoch University, Australia

2. Ibtissam Zaza, Florida State University, USA

3. Daniel Gozman, Sydney University, Australia

4. Tobias Kowatsch, ETH Zurich & University of St. Gallen, Austria

5. Henry Linger, Monash University, Australia

6. Jason Thatcher, University of Alabama, USA

7. Peter Liang, Louisiana State University, USA

8. Gondy Leroy, University of Arizona, USA

9. Karoly Bozan, Idaho State University,USA

10. Andrew Schwarz, Louisiana State University, USA

11. Elizabeth Baker, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA

12. Ali Sunyaev, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany

13. Tobias Mettler, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

14. Zhongyun (Phil) Zhou, Tongji University, China

15. Jörg Leukel, Universität Hohenheim, Germany