Global Digital Health – Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

DigiHealthDay on 12 Nov 2021

Hosted by the European Campus Rottal-Inn


Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate in DigiHealthDay-2021, the International Symposium hosted by European Campus Rottal-Inn of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT-ECRI) on 12 November 2021, in co-operation with its local and international partners.

Followings last year’s success of the inaugural event DigiHealthDay-2020, which was attended by a total of 348 registered participants from 59 countries around the world, this year’s event will also be mostly VIRTUAL. The one day-long action-packed symposium will explore modern Digital Health and its role in tackling global health problems from a uniquely international perspective, with a special focus on Digital Health Education, and will include Keynote Talks by German and international experts, audience-centered panel discussions, oral and poster scientific presentations, student thesis and project presentations, and networking possibilities.

A pre-conference Virtual Workshop Series like the last year will also be organised in Spring-Summer of 2021. The series is an academic effort to impart more practical knowledge on different topics in Digital Health.

We invite you to contribute by publishing and presenting your research work at the DigiHealthDay-2021. Original full-text scientific papers on different topics related to Digital Health will be peer-reviewed by a panel of experts. Accepted papers will be published in the electronic Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH) as well as in print.

Whether you are curious about the latest advances in Digital Health, looking for inspiration for your business, or simply keen on meeting like-minded professionals from around the world — DigiHealthDay @ DIT-ECRI is just for you! (See “Why Attend” below.)


Register now and be part of a recurring platform of international knowledge and information exchange in Digital Health.

We look forward to welcoming you virtually to charming Pfarrkirchen, in the Heart of Europe!





Prof. Dr. Dipak Kalra

International Invited Chair

Prof. Dr. Horst Kunhardt

Scientific Committee Chair

Prof. Dr. Georgi Chaltikyan

Organising Committee Chair


  • Online registration / submission opens: 15 April, 2021
  • Paper submission deadline: 1 August, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance (on or before): 1 September, 2021
  • Online registration closes: 1 November, 2021



  • EHR, Health Information Systems
  • Data Standards and Interoperability
  • Telemedicine and Remote Health Care
  • mHealth, IoMT, and Telemonitoring
  • Health Data Management and Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Privacy, Security, Trust, and Patient Engagement
  • Robotics, Blockchain, New and Emerging Technologies
  • Delivery Models, Bottlenecks, and Moving Forward
  • DigiHealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • SPECIAL FOCUS on Digital Health Education



  • Academics — to present your research to a professional audience consisting of Digital Health experts and enthusiasts from different corners of the world, to communicate your message to the Global Digital Health Community (through our information channels reaching a minimum of 150,000 users worldwide), and to publish your research in an open-access peer-reviewed indexed periodical.
  • Health professionals and managers — to improve your knowledge of Digital Health applications, products and services available in Germany and worldwide, and to find inspiration for integrating Digital Health into your routine workflow — for the benefit of your patients and your business.
  • Companies — to directly market your products / services to a diverse group of Digital Health students and specialists from 100+ countries around the world (each of them potentially an ambassador and promoter of your technology in their country of origin), to spread the word about your business to the Global Digital Health Community (through our information channels reaching a minimum of 150,000 users worldwide), and to position your company as a socially responsible supporter of research and development in one of the most important health-related domains.
  • Students — to hear from some of the brightest minds in the domain of Digital Health, to present your bachelor / master research or your business project to the audience consisting of top-level experts – with a chance to win a valuable prize!, to publish the results of your work in the internationally recognised and indexed periodical, and to network with young like-minded Digital Health enthusiasts.
  • Citizens — to familiarise yourself with the exciting new world of Digital Health, and to catch a glimpse of the upcoming revolutionary changes in medicine and health care.


  • Professor of Health Informatics, University College London
  • International Invited Chair
  • Leads the development of CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) and ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements.
  • Vice President of Health Sciences, Deggendorf University of Technology
  • Director, European Campus Rottal-Inn
  • Scientific Committee Chair
  • Professor Business Application Systems, Healthcare Management, Cross-border Healthcare Management
  • Director of the study program Master of Medical Informatics, Deggendorf University of Technology
  • Organising Committee Chair
  • Professor of Digital Health and Healthcare Management, founding president of Armenian Association of Telemedicine (AATM), member of WHO Roster of Experts on Digital Health
  • Chairman of the Health Innovation Hub (hih), Federal Ministry of Health
  • Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
  • Past Vice President, Chief Technology and Medical Officer for GE Healthcare
  • Past Medical Director & CEO of the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Vice President, Partners Health Care
  • Associate Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
  • Chair of the Board of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
  • Co-chair the American Medical Association's (AMA) Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (DMPAG),
  • Editor In Chief, npj Digital Medicine
  • Head Core Unit eHealth & Interoperabilität, Berlin Institute of Health @ Charité
  • Head eHealth Competence Center
  • Founder network #SHEHEALTH
  • Senior Prof. ICT in Health Care, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences Verbeamtet
  • Chair HL7 Germany
  • Vice Chair DIN Medical Informatics
  • Professor, Sharda University
  • Chair, 6th Frontiers of Development Symposium, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Chair, Dynamic Coalition on ‘Internet & Jobs’ – Internet Governance Forum, United Nations
  • Chairman, Drafting Committee for Digital Health standards, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH)
  • Director of Public Health Informatics & Associate Professor at the Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health as well as the Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics
  • Workshop: Applied Public Health Informatics
  • Director of The Medical Futurist Institute
  • Panel Discussion on the Future of Digital Health Data
  • Keynote Speaker (500+ keynotes for governments and organisations including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, NASA, etc.), Futurist, Author of “My Health: Upgraded” and “The Guide to the Future of Medicine” (Amazon-Top 100 authors)
  • Founder & Editor-in-Chief of aboutDigitalHealth.com
  • Panel Discussion on the Future of Digital Health Data
  • Digital Health Journalist, Content Designer & Science Writer; editor-in-chief of ICT&Health International (Netherlands) and OSOZ (Poland) magazines, founder of aboutDigitalHealth.com; a health tech influencer on social media, speechwriter.
  • Associate professor in Digital Health, Department of Health and Nursing Science, University of Agder, Norway
  • Member of the E-health Research Centre at the University of Agder, Norway
  • Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction for Digital Health
  • Project Manager and Digital Health Data Specialist, management4health
  • Primary lead on the use of information technology in management4health healthcare projects across the globe;
  • Alumnus, Master Medical Informatics, DIT-ECRI and an expert in Oral Medicine and Radiology.
  • Workshop on Clinical Decision Support System
  • Assistant Head of the Medical Data Integration Center, MeDIC, at Uniklinik Cologne
  • Workshop on Data Integration and Interoperability.
  • Platform Architect (SOA) under the flagship project of HiGHmed (Germany’s Medical Informatics Consortium); Alumnus, Master Medical Informatics, DIT-ECRI
  • Research Associate, Deggendorf Institute of Technology
  • Workshop on Data Integration and Interoperability
  • Digital Health Senior Advisor for IDB, Interamerican Development Bank; Consultant as Specialist in health interoperability standards projects in Latin America and the Caribbean region; Participant in SDOs (Standards Development Organisations) HL7 Int., IHE, SNOMED CT Expert; Alumnus, Master Medical Informatics, DIT-ECRI
  • Founder & CEO: Physio Plus Tech
  • Alumnus, Master Medical Informatics, DIT-ECRI
  • Workshop on UX/UI/UCD
  • Research Assistant, Health IT Standardization and UX/UI Researcher, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BiH)
  • Alumnus, Master Medical Informatics, DIT-ECRI
  • Workshop on UX/UI/UCD



DigiHealthDay, 12 November 2021  
8.30 - 9 am

Opening and Welcome addresses (expected representatives of partner organisations, as well as ministries, Landrat, and municipality of Pfarrkirchen)

9 - 11 am

Morning Plenary Session (keynote/impulse talk)

11.15 am - 1 pm

Parallel sessions (Scientific sessions, student sessions, CONEDIG session)

1 - 2 pm

Lunch Break

2 - 3.45 pm

Afternoon Plenary session (Keynote/impulse talks)

4 - 5.30 pm

Panel discussion "The Future of Digital Health Data: Achieving the Opportunities, Addressing the Anxieties, Responding to Risks"

5.45 - 5 pm Wrap-up and Closing

DigiHealth Workshops

DigiHealth is not just a one-day symposium – it is also a series of educational events hosted at DIT-ECRI in Spring and Summer 2021, all bound by the same theme – How are digital technologies transforming health and care around the world”, culminating in the DigiHealth Day on 12 November, 2021.

DigiHealthDay-2021 pre-meeting VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES will take place from April-July 2021. The following workshops and seminars on Digital Health related topics are provided:


Title: Clinical Decision Support Systems, Abstract
Speaker: Arunakiry Natarajan, M.Sc, MDS (Germany), 
Date: April 26-27, 2021


Title: Data Integration and Interoperability, Abstract
Speakers: Jonathan Okereke, M.Sc (Germany), Fernando Portilla, M.Sc (Germany), Samir Irshaid, M.Sc (Germany)
Date: May 13- 14, 2021


Title: Human-Computer Interaction for Digital Health, Abstract
Speakers: Prof. Dr. Martin Wulf Gerdes (Norway), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Santiago Martinez (Norway), Ram Prakash M.Sc (Germany), Naveen Rajkumar Moses (Germany)
Date: TBA


Title: Public Health Informatics, Abstract
Speaker: Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD, FACMI, FHIMSS (USA)
Date: TBA


Title: Digital Health In Germany & USA, Abstract
Speakers: Jörg Felix Debatin, MD, MBA (Germany), Joseph C. Kvedar, MD (USA)
Date: June 14, 2021


Title: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Abstract
Speaker: TBA (Germany)
Date: TBA


Title: TBA, Abstract
Speaker: Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP, FBCS (United Kingdom)
Date: TBA


Title: Telehealth Accreditation, Abstract
Speaker: B.K. Rana, PGDHHM, PhD (India)
Date: TBA



The DigiHealthDay 2021 is an International Symposium with the theme "Global Digital Health – Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond". Interesting abstracts pertaining to the field of digital health and its role in the context of 'Global Health' are invited. We welcome submission of scientific articles as abstracts or papers. Participation in DigiHealthDay 2021 entitles to the publishing of one abstract and paper in the symposium proceedings and the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH). (Note: Formal acceptance required!)

The following are topics that are of interest for DigiHealthDay 2021:

  • EHR, Health Information Systems
  • Data Standards and Interoperability
  • Telemedicine and Remote Health Care
  • mHealth, IoMT, and Telemonitoring
  • Health Data Management and Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Privacy, Security, Trust, and Patient Engagement
  • Robotics, Blockchain, New and Emerging Technologies
  • Delivery Models, Bottlenecks, and Moving Forward
  • DigiHealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • SPECIAL FOCUS on Digital Health Education

Submission of abstracts opening: 15 April, 2021

Abstract / paper submission deadline: 1 August, 2021

Notification of acceptance (on or before): 1 September, 2021

Author guidelines for full paper: https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/about/submissions

Please address your inquiries to: submission.digihealth@th-deg.de

Submission of abstracts


Host & Venue

The faculty European Campus Rottal-Inn is a semi-autonomous branch of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (abbreviated to DIT. In German the DIT is titled THD – Technische Hochschule Deggendorf, a university of applied sciences in Bavaria). ECRI was established in 2015 as a cross-disciplinary educational institution preparing multilingual, global graduates for international careers in applied healthcare and technical sciences. ECRI offers two full-time study programs in the field of Healthcare Information and Communication Technologies: Bachelor of Health Informatics, and Master of Medical Informatics, both taught in English, targeting not only local but primarily international students. 

ECRI is located in the district centre Pfarrkirchen, in the region of Lower Bavaria (South-East of Germany). It is a charming touristic town, nestled among rolling, picturesque hills, close to the Austrian border and only one hour’s drive away from Deggendorf. Attractive cities nearby are Salzburg, Regensburg and Passau, and Munich is just a 90-minute drive away. The proximity to Austria and the Czech Republic puts the district in the heart of Europe. Pfarrkirchen has excellent school and education facilities, and offers many leisure activities. In the recent years Pfarrkirchen has become culturally renowned in the area due to its exceptional art exhibitions, museum nights and numerous festivals and events throughout the year. In the summer, the old town festival tempts thousands of visitors with its multicultural culinary and musical events.

The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) strives for academic excellence and ranks among the best universities of applied sciences in Germany. Founded in 1994, it is a young, modern and excellently equipped university offering relevant and practical courses set in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment. DIT supports its students with many facilities, such as student clubs, a sports programme, an international office, career services and child care centre. It is the perfect environment for students to shape their futures and move forward into academic success.

Around 7,000 students study in a range of bachelor and master level courses held in English or German (nearly 730 of them – at ECRI), all of which are officially accredited by FIBAA and ASIIN according to international standards. DIT is committed to producing global graduates with international degrees: 165 partner universities around the world provide students with many opportunities to gain experience and earn credits towards their degree through foreign exchange semesters, internships and double-degree studies abroad. Additionally, great value is placed on German language training, which is tremendously beneficial for international students, helping them integrate easily into the Bavarian lifestyle.

The university focuses in three areas: firstly, full-time education; secondly, applied research & development; and thirdly, further education. Full-time education concentrates on the bachelor and master courses, whilst in applied research & development a vast range of research topics lead to practical scientific solutions that are used to develop new, marketable products, processes and services. In fact, many doctoral students are engaged in cooperative PhD programmes in this important field. Finally, further education is organized by the Deggendorf Institute for Further Education; its courses are geared towards students who work full-time whilst pursuing further education to advance their careers.



  • ISfTeH

A Global network of/for Telemedicine & e-Health stakeholders that facilitates the dissemination of knowledge and good practice in Telehealth & e-Health through promoting and supporting Telemedicine/e-Health activities worldwide and also by providing access to organized experts in the field, internationally. A Neutral, Democratic, Non-governmental and non-profit society with close ties to WHO and ITU that also aids developing countries in the field of Telemedicine and e-Health.


  • IMIA

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is the world body for health and biomedical informatics. As an association of associations’, IMIA acts as a bridging organization, bringing together the constituent organizations’ and their members. IMIA provides leadership and expertise to the multidisciplinary, health focused community and to policy makers, to enable the transformation of healthcare in accord with the world-wide vision of improving the health of the world population


  • EFMI

The European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) is the leading nonprofit organization in biomedical and health informatics in Europe. The Federation comprises 30 national societies and includes an exceptional network of experts and stakeholders in health, care, IT and its societal dimensions; supported by 15 topic working groups ranging from human factors, to security and translational health informatics.

EFMI is committed to health for all underpinned by information and communication technology.
The objectives when founded in 1976 were:

  • To advance international co-operation and dissemination of information in Medical Informatics on a European basis;
  • To promote high standards in the application of medical informatics;
  • To promote research and development in medical informatics;
  • To encourage high standards in education in medical informatics;
  • To function as the autonomous European Regional Council of IMIA.


  • DGTelemed

German Telemedicine Society (DGTelemed) is a national association to promote, to disseminate, to market and to publish modern innovative developments, solutions and products in telemedicine. DGTelemed is a forum of communication, discussion and lobbying for telemedicine in Germany and Europe.


  • BTA

Bavarian Telemedicine Alliance (BTA) is an interdisciplinary network interface in the field of medical telematics which provides solutions, concrete insights and help for the practice of patient care in clinics and doctor’s offices. Topics are future regulations and standardization, technology options and infrastructures, new social and political framework conditions as well as pricing and financing forms for new telematics services. To realise these goals the BTA deals multidimensionally and beyond the blockades of current disputes with physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and other allied health professions.

The BTA was established in Ingolstadt, May 2012. It is a nationwide contact for all activities in the field of telemedicine, eHealth and health telematics. As a neutral competence platform, the BTA initiates, coordinates and networks telemedical projects in Bavaria, and is an information and support centre for the healthcare system and its patients. The BTA  brings diverse telemedical approaches to the public and increases the level of awareness and acceptance of digitally supported health care.


  • Stadt Pfarrkirchen

  • m.doc 

m.Doc is a digital healthcare pioneer from Cologne, Germany, founded in 2016. Based on its Smart Health Platform, m.Doc provides numerous digital solutions for clinics, rehabilitation and care facilities, and physicians' practices. The company is at the center of a strong and constantly growing partner network that opens the way for digital innovations to enter the healthcare system. m.Doc's solutions, which are tailored to the needs of the industry, make efficient care possible and give doctors, nurses and medical staff more time for what really matters: the patient.

  • digitalhealthNews.eu

EHealthNews.eu is the first European eHealth news portal and one of the most visited sites on the Internet for eHealth decision-makers, professionals and stakeholders looking for the latest eHealth breaking news.


If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the first DigiHealth Day, please contact Verena Frank.

We could offer you different sponsoring packages, including printing your logo on the website, in the invitation and the conference book plus a little booth where you could give information on your products/services for example. We would be very happy to talk about cooperate opportunities with you.



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