Digital Health Ecosystems for Sensor Technology Integration: A Qualitative Study on the Paradox of Data Openness

Anne-Katrin Witte, Daniel Fürstenau, Ruediger Zarnekow

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Mobile health startups develop innovative, sensor-based solutions that continuously collect health data. To generate added value from these large amounts of data, an integration of the solutions into the healthcare system is essential. In this context, the collaboration between interdependent healthcare stakeholders is required which can be enabled by structures considered as digital ecosystems. To understand the conditions for ecosystem participation, more specifically the incentives and disincentives for data openness, we conducted 30 interviews with four healthcare stakeholder groups in Germany and analyzed the data using a Grounded Theory approach. As a result, we developed a conceptual model that describes the integration of mobile sensor-based health solutions into digital health ecosystems. Thereby, we improve the understanding of incentives and disincentives for data openness on the collective ecosystem level, the ecosystem-stakeholder-group level, and the individual user level. Practically, we contribute by outlining important market entry barriers for mobile health startups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
EditorsJoey George, Souren Paul, Rahul De', Elena Karahanna, Suprateek Sarker, Gal Oestreicher-Singer
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2020
Article number1089
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe 41st International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2020: ICIS 2020 – Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global - Virtual
Duration: 13 Dec 202016 Dec 2020
Conference number: 41


ConferenceThe 41st International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2020
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SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems


  • Digital health ecosystem
  • Data openness
  • Mobile sensor-based health technology

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