Seminar: Digital Health App Design

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Background

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.

Aim

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

Data

Project type
Seminar and Practical
ECTS
Default: 5; with additional practical: 7.5
Language
English or German
Period
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
https://www.studon.fau.de/studon/goto.php?target=crs_3987979
Seminar introduction meeting
October 19, 2021, 16:00-17:30; https://fau.zoom.us/j/63638156157?pwd=TGdVcnVzdWxUYy82MmlnVnVTZmJXdz09
Registration Via StudOn, obligatory after introduction

Literature

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

Examination

Final presentation and final report.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Oliver Amft

  • Job title: Director
  • Address:
    Henkestr. 91, Geb. 7
    91052 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23601
  • Email: oliver.amft@fau.de

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg