International NetWorkshop: Digital Health in Context

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 08:30 to 13:00


Governments worldwide have great expectations from recent innovations in digital health technology to transform today’s healthcare systems and achieve the triple aim of lower cost, better quality, and increased access to health services. The term ‘digital health’ runs the gamut of electronic health records and national health infrastructures, to consumer-driven innovations such as online health platforms, mobile health apps, and sensor devices.

Research in digital health is highly dependent on national healthcare context. For instance, the results from a study examining the acceptance of mobile health apps in a specific U.S. state may not be easily comparable to consumers in Denmark due to certain legal, cultural, and economic variations. While this context-dependency is commonly acknowledged among health IT researchers, it represents a major barrier for the comparability and transferability of scientific knowledge.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers with an interest in digital health technology and/or cross-national comparative approaches. It is the first of a series of workshops supported by the International Network Program of the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Four researchers will share their insights from conducting digital health research in Scandinavian, U.S., Chinese, Korean, and German contexts and seek input from an interdisciplinary panel of advisors for the development of their research.



08:30 Light breakfast

08:45 Welcome (Finn Valentin, CBS

09:00 Scandinavian perspective (Till Winkler, CBS) 

09:30 U.S. perspective part (Abhay Mishra, Iowa State University)

10:00 Chinese Perspective (Yu Tong, Zhejiang University)

10:30 Panel discussion part 1: Comparing across

11:00 Korean perspective (Juhee Kwon, KAIST)

11:30 German perspective (Till Winkler, CBS)

12:00 Panel discussion part 2: Moving forward

12:30 Lunch and open end

Advisory Panel

  •     Jørgen P. Bansler, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Computer Science link
  •     Henriette Langstrup, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health link
  •     Andrej Savin, Associate Professor, Law Department, CBS (confirmed) link
  •     Karsten Vrangbæk, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health link



Abhay Mishra is an Associate Professor at the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University (ISU). His research interests include: Application of IT for clinical, operational and financial improvement in health care; IT, process innovations and operational impacts; Analytics in health care, manufacturing, banking and energy industries; IT capabilities and strategy; Digital innovations; and E-procurement and supply chain management. He has actively researched health IS related phenomenon since 2006 using largely quantitative, but also qualitative, research methods. He has collaborated with colleagues in Europe and Asia on various research projects and he has a large network of colleagues to connect with.

Juhee Kwon is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Information & Management at KAIST (formerly: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). Her research interests include information security, healthcare IT, and IT business values. She has studied how security regulations or certification regimes influence organizational security performance such as breach occurrence and what types of security investment strategies are more effective. Juhee serves as Associate Editor of the track ‘IT and Healthcare’ at the international conference ICIS 2017, and she has organized a session on ‘Data Analytics for Healthcare Management’ at the INFORMS Healthcare 2017.

Yu Tong is a Young Professor at the School of Management at Zhejiang University, China. Her research interests include health information technology and managing IT-enabled emerging behaviors. Her work has been published in journals such as Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and Information & Management. Yu served as the Chair of health IT track at the pacific conference on information system (PACIS) in 2015-2017, and Associate Editor of the health IT track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in 2015-2017, and she has organized a workshop on “m-health” at the Pacific Asian Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2016.

Till Winkler is an Associate Professor at the Department of Digitalization at Copenhagen Business School. Originating from the field of IT governance, he recently started a research program in health IT. The focus of this program is how policy frameworks affect the creation of a widespread capability for health information exchange. One of his past studies focused on approaches to health information exchange in two U.S. states using qualitative comparative approaches. Amongst others, Till served as Associate Editor of the track ‘IT and Healthcare’ at the International Conference on Information Systems 2017.


Registration: Sign-up here until Friday 22.6.
Contact: Till Winkler, Department of Digitalization

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