Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät


Global Trends in eHealth

Lecturer: Dr. Rainer Bernnat
Date: Blocked course: 29.09.-2.10., 10.00 a.m - 5:15 p.m.
Building/Room: WiWi 1207
Autres dates: Two additional dates (case study presentations) will be defined together with the students during the block course.

The exam will take place in December.
Contact: Dr. Rainer Bernnat
Registration: Please register with Seda Yagci via e-mail.


This module communicates the fundamentals of IT-driven innovations in eHealth. The key objective is to provide an understanding for the possibilities of IT-driven innovations in international healthcare markets. The course introduces the cornerstones of healthcare markets (history, financial models, regulation, stakeholder) as a fundamental basis for developing appropriate areas for improvement. Furthermore, IT-trends including relevant constraints will be presented that impact further developments in different parts of the healthcare sector (e.g. hospitals, payors, GPs, pharmacies, etc.) Specific focus is being put on theoretical models of technology resistance and practical impact when introducing IT-innovation with country-wide relevance in healthcare sectors.

The students will:
  • understand the specifics of different healthcare systems and the impact on introducing innovation and reforms
  • be aware of current trends & directions with respect to IT / innovation in healthcare markets for different stakeholders and on a national level
  • be able to discuss and apply models for user resistance and their effect on national eHealth programs
  • obtain an understanding on privacy and security issues within eHealth implementation programs
  • be able to apply the expertise with a team of students to a specific problem


  • Healthcare sectors / markets
  • IT-driven innovation in Healthcare sectors
  • Stakeholder objectives
  • IT-standards and architectures
  • Privacy and IT security restrictions
  • User resistance / technology resistance
  • Application of theoretical knowledge in international case studies


Previous knowledge:

Language: German


  • Bhattacherjee, A., and Hikmet, N. 2007. “Physicians’ resistance toward healthcare information technology: a theoretical model and empirical test,” European Journal of Information Systems (16:6), pp. 725–737
  • Clegg, C., and Shepherd, C. 2007. ""The biggest computer programme in the world… ever!: time for a change in mindset?"", Journal of Information Technology 22, pp. 212-221
  • Currie, W. L. 2012. “Institutional isomorphism and change: the national programme for IT - 10 years on,” Journal of Information Technology (Palgrave Macmillan) (27:3), pp. 236–248
  • Currie, W. L., and Guah, M. W. 2007. “Conflicting institutional logics: a national programme for IT in theorganisational field of healthcare,” Journal of Information Technology (Palgrave Macmillan) (22:3), pp. 235–247
  • Lapointe, L., and Rivard, S. 2005. “A Multilevel Model of Resistance to Information Technology Implementation,” MIS Quarterly (29:3), pp. 461–491
  • Porter, M., 2012: Redefining German Health Care
  • Romanow, D., Sunyoung Cho, and Straub, D. 2012. “Riding the Wave: Past Trends and Future Directions for Health IT Research,” MIS Quarterly (36:3), pp. iii–A18

A more extensive set of literature will be provided during the course.


More information:

Recommended semester: any semester
Field of study: Master
Duration: 4 SWS
Type: L - Lecture
Credit points: 6 ECTS
Area: iBWL: S&I; Master Informatik & Informationswirtschaft (Modulgruppe Wirtschaftsinformatik)
Examination: Written examination
Duration of exam: 60 minutes + 15 minutes case study presentation in groups (3-5 students)
Semester: every winter term