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Volume 61, Issue 5-6


Your data is gold – Data donation for better healthcare?

Veronika StrotbaumORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1098-9417 / Monika PobiruchinORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9925-2173 / Björn SchreiweisORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1748-1563 / Martin WiesnerORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3346-9633 / Brigitte StrahwaldORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5069-6857
Published Online: 2019-11-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2019-0024


Today, medical data such as diagnoses, procedures, imaging reports and laboratory tests, are not only collected in context of primary research and clinical studies. In addition, citizens are tracking their daily steps, food intake, sport exercises, and disease symptoms via mobile phones and wearable devices. In this context, the topic of “data donation” is drawing increased attention in science, politics, ethics and practice. This paper provides insights into the status quo of personal data donation in Germany and from a global perspective. As this topic requires a consideration of several perspectives, potential benefits and related, multifaceted challenges for citizens, patients and researchers are discussed. This includes aspects such as data quality & accessibility, privacy and ethical considerations.

Keywords: Data Donation; Medical Data Sharing; Patient Generated Health Data

ACM CCS: Applied computingLife and medical sciences


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About the article

Veronika Strotbaum

Veronika Strotbaum, B.A. Gerontology and M.A., Healthcare Management has been working at ZTG Zentrum für Telematik und Telemedizin GmbH in Bochum as a consultant for telemedicine and mobile applications since 2013. Her work focuses on the evaluation and acceptance analysis of digital health applications, health reporting as well as the conception and implementation of advanced training courses in eHealth. She has written a wide range of articles in books and journals and is a member of the DGGÖ e.V. and GMDS e.V.

Monika Pobiruchin

Dr. Monika Pobiruchin received her diploma in Medical Informatics in 2010. Currently she is a research associate at GECKO Institute at Heilbronn University. Her doctoral thesis focused on the use of data from cancer registries for the generation of health economic models. Since 2014, she has been (co-)chair of the working group “Consumer Health Informatics” within GMDS e.V.

Björn Schreiweis

Dr. Björn Schreiweis obtained his diploma in Medical Informatics (MI) at University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2010. He finished his doctoral degree on cross-enterprise patient recruitment systems in 2016 at Heidelberg University. Since 2017, he is co-chair of the working group “Consumer Health Informatics” of the GMDS e.V. As of April 2018 he is a Senior Researcher at Dept. of MI at the Institute for Medical Informatics and Statistics of University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) & Kiel University. Since September 2018 he is Head of the Medical Data Integration Center at UKSH.

Martin Wiesner

Dipl.-Inform. Med. Martin Wiesner received his diploma in Medical Informatics at University of Heidelberg in 2007. He is working as a research associate at Heilbronn University and teaches software development, database and information systems. In 2014, he (co-)founded the working group “Consumer Health Informatics” within GMDS e.V. His research interest focuses on digital health applications and how related technology affects healthy citizens or patients.

Brigitte Strahwald

Brigitte Strahwald, MSc Mmel is an anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in epidemiology and a master’s degree in med. ethics and law. She is working at the LMU Munich and as managing director of an agency for health communication.

Received: 2019-06-28

Revised: 2019-09-30

Accepted: 2019-11-08

Published Online: 2019-11-26

Published in Print: 2019-10-25

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 61, Issue 5-6, Pages 219–229, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2019-0024.

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