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 cross-platform implementations. Applications will be implemented by the participants e.g. COVID-19 contact tracing, sleep monitoring, daily routine analysis.


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

Learning Objectives

  • Understand regulations concerning digital health apps.
  • Apply aspects of medical app qualification, primarily usability and privacy management.
  • Create health/medical apps that extract digital biomarkers from smartphone sensor data.
  • Apply cross-platform development.


Project type Seminar and Practical
ECTS Default: 5; with additional practical: 7.5
Language English or German
Period Winter term 2020/21
Presence time Online seminar, working from remote.
Useful knowledge Embedded programming, sensor pattern analysis, Python
Work distribution 10% regulations & concepts, 60% app design, 20% sensor data analysis, 10% app qualification.
Med. Eng. designation Advanced Context Recognition (ACR)
StudOn link Please join
First meeting online-introduction-vorbesprechung-of-winter-term-2020-seminars, on 4th November 2020 at 16:15
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
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23601

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg