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Innovations in Chronic Diseases Care and eHealth

Course description
Course Title
Innovations in Chronic Diseases Care and eHealth
Course code

HSRM 562
Teaching/learning methods

Group work
Assessment methods

Written exams
Group presentations
Class participations
Credit points

Semester (1 / 2)


Course objectives/ Learning outcomes:

The course will promote creativity, entrepreneurship and the establishment of innovative patient centred solutions for an effective implementation of eHealth and mHealth interventions in integrated care. Approaches to involving patients and caregivers in the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated care programmes will be presented and discussed. Beside of the present utilization, future digital communication forms in an integrated healthcare system will be discussed (e.g. the electronic patient record, telemonitoring), the economic characteristics of the eHealth market as well as the legal framework, data-security, privacy, and integrity will be assessed. The students will become familiar with the current and future use of IT systems, with a special focus on the elements and structures required for health-related usage of mobile devices (mHealth) and the discourse regarding future challenges and potentials at the interface of technology, health and social care. Various examples from the industry and group-homework will strengthen the gained knowledge. Guided by the frameworks, students will be able to develop integrated care solutions using innovative technologies such as mHealth in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and start-ups.



Length of course

Block course for 2 weeks

3rd February 2020

14th February 2020

Combined lecture room

Verena Struckmann, Victor Stephani, Daniel Opoku
Course coordinator

Daniel Opoku


The course comprises three emerging public health fields – integrated care, eHealth and chronic diseases. The first part of the course will provide insight into the rise of chronic diseases and the challenge it constitutes in health and social care organisation. The various definitions and concepts of integrated care and digital health will be introduced. A framework for integrated care for persons with chronic diseases will be introduced to understand key factors such as leadership & governance, financing and the role of information and communication technologies for implementing integrated care. The course focuses on explaining the need for more integrated systems of care delivery and the opportunity provided by ICT applications, as they can play an important role in making integrated care becoming a reality.




Mid-term exams (written + presentation, 40%)

End-of-semester exams (written, 60%)

Grading system


Fail = below 50%
Grade C = 50% – 59%
Grade B = 60% – 69%
Grade A = 70% and above



Lecture/topics/subjects/academic catalogue:

Subject (Time)
General introduction + get together [1]
Guide++ for group work [2]
Introduction to chronic diseases [3]  
Chronic disease workshop I

Chronic disease workshop II
Guest lecture by Prof. Andrea Winkler
Introduction to integrated care  [4]
Introduction to the SELFIE framework [5]
Introduction to eHealth [6]
  mHealth in Africa [7]


Guest lecture
SELFIE framework I
Visit in a clinic
Guest lecture
SELFIE framework II

Group work
Pitch presentations

2nd Semester – Week 1
08:00 - 10:00
Introduction to chronic diseases

 Chronic diseases workshop II

Introduction to SELFIE framework

10:30 - 12:30
 Chronic diseases workshop I

Introduction to eHealth

13:00 - 15:00
General Introduction + get together
 Guest lecture by Prof Winkler

mHealth in Africa

15:30 - 17:30

Introduction to integrated care

2nd Semester – Week 2  
08:00 - 10:00
 Mid-Sem exam

Visit to a clinic
Group work
10:30 - 12:30
13:00 - 15:00
 Guest lecture

 Guest lecture

Pitch presentations
15:30 - 17:30
SELFIE framework I

 SELFIE framework II

Literature (required/additional readings)


  • Leijten FRM*, Struckmann V*, van Ginneken E,Czypionka T, Kraus M, Reiss M, Tsiachristas A, Boland M, de Bont A, Bal R, Busse R, Rutten van Mölken M; SELFIE consortium. * shared first authorship. (2017). The SELFIE Framework for Integrated Care for Multi-Morbidity: development and description. Health Policy; DOI: 10.1016
  • Struckmann V, Quentin W, Busse R, van Ginneken E. How to strengthen financing mechanisms to promote care for people with multimorbidity in Europe? Policy Brief 24. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2017.
  • Struckmann V, Barbabella F, Dimova A, van Ginneken E (2017). Integrated Diabetes care delivered by patients- a case study from Bulgaria. International Journal of Integrated Care, 17(1): 6, pp. 1–6, DOI: doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2475 [8]
  • Opoku, D., Stephani, V., & Quentin, W. (2017). A realist review of mobile phone-based health interventions for non-communicable disease management in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC medicine15(1), 24. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0782-z
  • Stephani, V., Opoku, D., & Quentin, W. (2016). A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of mHealth interventions against non-communicable diseases in developing countries. BMC Public Health16(1), 572. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3226-3
  • Opoku D, Scott P, Quentin W (2015): Healthcare Professionals' Perceptions of the Benefits and Challenges of a Teleconsultation Service in the Amansie-West District of Ghana. Telemed J E Health; 21(9):748-55. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2014.0210.




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