Adults Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare (auICTH)

We invite submissions to the 5th workshop on “Adults Use of Information and  Communication Technologies in Healthcare” (auICTH 2019) at the 9th International Conference on Current and Future Trends of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare (ICTH) that will be held from 4 – 7 November 2019 in Coimbra, Portugal.

After the great success of our workshops in 2015-2018, we will continue our workshop on “Adults Use of Information and  Communication Technologies in Healthcare” (auICTH) – this time in Coimbra, Portugal!

The continuous evolution of ICTH progressed into a multi-faceted digitization of healthcare, providing for new potential for promoting health and well-being for individuals and society. Innovation in consumer- and patient-centered technological solutions, such as smartphone apps, health gadgets (such as smart watches) and specific social media platforms indicate the increasing shift to self- initiated and self-coordinated health measures supporting the preservation and retention of people’s physical, psychological, and social well-being (through electronic data collection, self-diagnosis, remote monitoring etc.) (see e.g. Rozenkranz et al. 2013) 

In parallel to the increasing digitization of healthcare, a substantial skew in the age structure of western populations, leading to a steady increase of elderly people, became apparent referred to as demographic change. As seniors have a greater demand on measures maintaining their health a growing demand on various (autonomous) health tools and systems can be expected in the near future. 

Although contemporary technologies aim to assist people in health-related aspects, these often do not meet the specific needs and requirements of elderly people leaving this potential virtually untapped. Hence, it becomes important to understand how and why elderly people interact with ICTH (cf. Or et al. 2011) and how adequate tools and systems must be designed for the growing segment of elderly people.

Up to now, little is known about the mechanisms that explain adoption and interaction patterns of (autonomous) health tools especially during the age transition. Preliminary research indicates that participation in training initiatives in working environments, computer and internet self-efficacy, computer anxiety and technostress, or mental models of how technology works might be factors and concepts worth the investigation in the context of age-related IS phenomena (cf. Tams et al. 2014; Wagner et al. 2010). To shed light on these aspects, age-induced impacts on cognitive abilities, personality, sensorimotor abilities, and culture might be suitable explanatory mechanisms (cf. Tams et al. 2014).

To consequently address the outlined issues of the aging society, this workshop provides a forum for the exchange of research ideas and completed research in the context of health information technologies to in order to advance our knowledge on drivers and inhibitors on adoption, usage, or resistance and discontinued usage of ICTH by elderly people.

Topics of interest

This workshop is open to all types of research, conceptual or empirical. Examples of possible topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Age-related digital divide in the IS discipline
  • Age-related roles and stereotypes
  • Specific IT/IS-adoption patterns of the elderly
  • Online and mobile health platforms and communities for elderly people
  • The impact of e- and m-health, virtual communities, and social media on the well-being of elderly people
  • Theories and research frameworks for investigating age-related IS phenomena in ICTH
  • Methodological challenges of investigating elderly people’s ICTH usage
  • Impact of technology training on ICTH adoption and usage
  • Impact of work IT usage on IT usage in private context
  • Effective design of technology for elderly people
  • Factors influencing ICTH /e-health/m-health adoption and usage of elderly people
  • Technology design factors influencing ICTH adoption and diffusion by elderly people
  • Computer and Internet self-efficacy of elderly people
  • Technostress of elderly people
  • Success factors, barriers and risks of ICTH adoption by the elderly
  • Understanding of elderly people’s ICTH needs and requirements
  • User interface design, usability and accessibility issues
  • Integration of elderly people in the design of ICTH
  • Visions for future ICTH for elderly people
  • Meta-analyses and meta-syntheses of research on elderly people in various IS phenomena
  • Novel and innovative research on ICTH for elderly people
  • Trust and distrust of elderly people in e- and m-health
  • Changes in personality characteristics and its impact on adoption of ICTH
  • Different forms of ICTH usage

Important dates

  • Manuscript Submissions Due: July 1st, 2019 (extended) 
  • Author Notification: August 6th, 2019
  • Camera-ready Revisions Due: September 6th, 2019

Paper submission and publication

Paper format

The submitted paper must be formatted according to the guidelines of Elsevier/Procedia Computer Science as given in the ICTH website.

Please use our specific templates for auICTH-2019 papers, available for MS Word (auICTH-2019 word template download).

Paper length

The number of pages for workshop papers is limited to 6 pages in total, including references and appendices (references and appendices DO count).

The abstract of the paper is limited to a maximum of 200 words.

Anonymizing initial submissions

Our review process is double-blind. Thus, for initial paper submission, please anonymize your paper. Authors name(s) should be removed from the paper, as well as references to the authors institutions, authors sponsors, authors unpublished work and any other information if these will identify any author.

For accepted papers, of course, these information should be added to the camera-ready version of the paper.

Submission process

Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically in PDF format before the deadline using the online conference management system EasyChair:

»Link to auICTH-2019 EasyChair«

The submission processes will be managed by If you have used this system before, you can use the same username and password. If this is your first time using EasyChair, you will need to register for an account by clicking “I have no EasyChair account” button. Upon completion of registration, you will get a notification email from the system and you are ready for submitting your paper. You can upload and re-upload the paper to the system by the submission due date.


All accepted papers for auICTH-2019 will be included in the conference proceedings published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series on-line. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and attend the conference/workshop.

Authors of selected outstanding papers will be invited to enhance their manuscripts for inclusion in journals special issues.

Workshop committee

Workshop chairs and organizers

Technical program committee

  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Bernauer, Ulm University of Applied Sciences and University of Ulm
  • Dr. Konstantinos Danas, Kingston University, UK
  • Ulrich Haase, University Hospital of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Kienle, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund
  • Dr. Heinrich Lautenbacher, University Hospital of Tübingen
  • Prof. Dr. Tim Pietzcker, Ulm University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Teppo Räisänen, Oulu University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Swoboda, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz-Theo Wagner, German Graduate School of Management
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Wind, Kempten University of Applied Sciences


  • Or, C. K., Karsh, B.-T., Severtson, D. J., Burke, L. J., Brown, R. L., and Brennan, P. F. 2011. "Factors Affecting Home Care Patients' Acceptance of a Web-Based Interactive Self-Management Technology," Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (18:1), pp. 51-59.
  • Rozenkranz, N., Eckhardt, A., Kühne, M., and Rosenkranz, C. 2013. "Health Information on the Internet," Business & Information Systems Engineering (5:4), pp. 259-274.
  • Tams, S., Grover, V., and Thatcher, J. 2014. "Modern Information Technology in an Old Workforce: Toward a Strategic Research Agenda," The Journal of Strategic Information Systems (23:4), pp. 284-304.
  • Wagner, N., Hassanein, K., and Head, M. 2010. "Computer Use by Older Adults: A Multi-Disciplinary Review," Computers in human behavior (26:5), pp. 870-882.

Important dates

Manuscript Submissions Due
July 1st, 2019 (extended)

Author Notification
August 6th, 2019

Camera-ready Revisions Due
September 6th, 2019

Conference & Workshop
November 4th – 7th, 2019


Paper template
Download auICTHE-2019 template

Paper length
Max. 6 pages in total, including references and appendices.

Submit paper via EasyChair
Link to auICTH-2019 EasyChair


Professor Dr.
Heiko Gewald Zum Profil

Forschungsprofessor für Informationsmanagement
Direktor am Institut für Dienstleistungsmanagement (CROSS)

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Philipp Brune Zum Profil

Wissenschaftliche Leitung Rechenzentrum
Studiengangleiter Master International Enterprise Information Management
Leitung Kompetenzzentrum Sichere IT-Anwendungen und -Infrastrukturen
Leiter des Instituts für Agile Produkt- und Systementwicklung

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