Home      Log In      Contacts      FAQs      INSTICC Portal


The purpose of workshops is to provide a more interactive and focused platform for presenting and discussing new and emerging ideas. The format of paper presentations may include oral presentations, poster presentations, keynote lectures and panels. Depending on the number of presentations, workshops can be scheduled for 1 day or 2 days. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by SCOPUS, Google Scholar, DBLP, Semantic Scholar, EI and Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


Scale-IT-up 2024Workshop on Emerging Business Models in Digital Health (BIOSTEC)
Chair(s): Kai Gand, Mia Jovanova and Tobias Kowatsch

Workshop on
Emerging Business Models in Digital Health
 - Scale-IT-up 2024

Paper Submission: November 1, 2023 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 20, 2023 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 17, 2024 (expired)


Kai Gand
TU Dresden
Mia Jovanova
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States
Tobias Kowatsch
Centre for Digital Health Interventions, University of Zurich, University of St.Gallen & ETH Zurich

In the 21st century, we must deal with substantial health and economic burdens of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, or asthma, and common mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. These diseases are responsible for around 70% of all deaths worldwide and are estimated to result in an economic loss of $7 trillion between 2011 and 2025. To this end, healthcare delivery must rapidly change from traditional processes to scalable digital health technologies (DHTs), such as technology-supported blended care, patient monitoring, digital diagnostics, or digital therapeutics. On the one side, hospitals and healthcare providers introduce hospital information systems, electronic health records, and telemedicine solutions for more efficient workflows within and beyond institutions. Conversely, patients may choose among digital health applications provided by wearables and smartphones, supporting their well-being and disease monitoring or self-management.

However, how sustainable and scalable digital health implementation and diffusion can be reached is not sufficiently solved. Our workshop, therefore, aims to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss emerging business models in digital health. In general, we welcome position papers (up to 8 pages) and full research papers (up to 12 papers), case studies, and best practices. The workshop includes invited talks, paper presentations, and discussions.

We are especially interested in lessons learned and perspectives from health insurance companies and how they deal with the substantial health and economic burden. To this end, we encourage academics to partner up with a representative from a health insurance company and prepare a position paper according to this format: 1. Introduction (motivation on why emerging business models in digital health are required and short background information on the health insurance company, ca. 1 page); 2. Relevant questions (please pick and answer 3-5 questions; see, for example, the questions below, ca. 2 pages); 3. Conclusion (please discuss important related work and outline key messages and next steps, ca. 1 page).