Seminar: Digital Health App Design

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The German digital health applications (“Digitale Gesundheitsanwendung”, DiGA) provides ground for the rapid time-to-market of health and medical apps. This seminar starts with an international overview on digital health app regulations and introduction to the German DiGA. Key topics include application qualification and data privacy management. Subsequently, practical aspects of digital health app design are discussed and trained in practical implementations. Practical examples include COVID-19 contact tracking, extracting digital biomarkers of sleep and daily routines.


Realise health/medical smartphone apps, including sensor data acquisition and analysis, apply algorithms to extract digital biomarkers.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand regulations concerning digital health apps.
  • Apply aspects of critical app qualification, primarily usability and privacy management.
  • Develop health apps that extract digital biomarkers from smartphone sensor data.


Project type Seminar and Practical
ECTS Default: 5; with additional practical: 7.5
Language English or German
Period Summer term 2020
Presence time Virtual seminar, working from remote.
Useful knowledge Embedded programming, sensor pattern analysis, Python
Work distribution 10% regulations & concepts, 40% app design, 30% sensor data analysis, 20% app qualification.
Med. Eng. designation Advanced Context Recognition (ACR)
StudOn link Please join
First meeting Online introduction/Vorbesprechung, see: online-introduction-vorbesprechung-of-summer-term-2020-seminars
Registration Via StudOn, obligatory after introduction.


Up-to-date literature recommendations are provided during the meetings.


Final presentation and final report.


Prof. Dr. Oliver Amft

  • Job title: Director
  • Address:
    Henkestr. 91, Geb. 7
    91052 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23601
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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg