Di­gi­Health In­sti­tute

Our focus is the interdisciplinary research at the intersection of technology, computer science and health care.


Digitalization is more present that ever in health care. Electronic data collection, digital communication, mobile devices and robotics have the potential to significantly improve quality and efficiency in the delivery of health care services. The possibilities are manifold such as mobile applications for personal health management, robotic systems for therapy or telemedicine. These future developments are facing many obstacles and demand, especially from researchers, the answering of pressing questions.

What are the factors preventing the progress of digitalization in health care? What potential is there for counseling, treatment and care? How should new technologies be evaluated? What ethical considerations need to be taken into account? How are new technologies accepted by workers in the health care sector?

Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Walter Swoboda the DigiHealth Institute aims to answer questions such as these.

Our team

The DigiHealth Institute team at the closed meeting in Illertissen. The members from left to right: Dr. Martin Schmieder, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elmar Buchner, Maximilian Karthan, Dr. med. Walter Swoboda, Felix Holl, Ann-Kathrin Waibel, Prof. Dr. Johannes Schobel, Marina Fotteler, Nadine Seifert

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Walter Swoboda and his deputy Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elmar Buchner, our working group is based at the Faculty of Health Management. As a licensed physician and graduate computer scientist, as well as through his many years as CIO of various hospitals and clinics, Walter Swoboda is an expert in medical informatics, medical process management and the use of digital systems in health care. Research assistants Felix Holl, Marina Fotteler, Maximilian Karthan, Martin Schmieder, Nadine Seifert, Ann-Kathrin Waibel and research professor Johannes Schobel complete the team.

You can find out more about our staff on our team page.

On the following pages you can learn more about our work.