Seminar: Digital Health App Design

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Digital health applications (German: “Digitale Gesundheitsanwendung”, DiGA) are the basis for a rapid time-to-market of health and medical apps. This seminar starts with an international overview of digital health app regulations and an introduction to the pioneering German DiGA act. Further 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 seminar participants e.g. COVID-19 contact tracing, app data privacy management, but include overarching topics too, e.g. a robotic app testing platform.


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.

This term’s project topics will include (details during first meeting):

  • Robotic app testing platform
  • Contact tracing (Bluetooth and/or location-based)
  • Smart diet logging
  • Smart Permission Preference Manager
  • Daily routine tracking
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Blood pressure estimation


Project type
Seminar and Practical
Default: 5; with additional practical: 7.5
English or German
Winter term 2021/22
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
StudOn link
Seminar introduction meeting
October 19, 2021, 16:00-17:30;
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
  • Email:

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg