Hackathon: The public use of health apps and wearables: the legal & ethical issues associated with e-health

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Welcome to the Challenge related to E-Health and Citizen Science. In this challenge you will work in teams to find a creative solution to the public use of e-health equipment & its data. What are suitable and safe e-health equipment to use by the public and/or for citizen science activities? How can we use e-health (wearables) and its data in a safe and in an ethical manner? How are we allowed to store and use these citizen science data for scientific purposes? Those are the central questions of the challenge you will approach in a multidisciplinary team of students.

E-Health is the use of information and communication technology, for instance smartphone Apps and wearable sensors to support health and healthcare. Nowadays people are using more and more digital technologies to support their own health and healthcare decision making.

The Meet-o-theek (CurioUs) brings science to the people and would like to lend different E-health sensors and apps to citizens for free. Citizens can use their data for their own purposes. Via Citizens Science activities, the data can be collected and used by the Meet-o-theek as well. Citizen Science projects actively involve citizens in scientific endeavour that generates new knowledge or understanding.

Preserving high-quality outcomes and storing data, improving the experience of care through the process of digital transformation can be challenging due to ethical and legal reasons, but is vital to long-term success of the Meet-o-theek. However, the collected data are often personal (and sometimes medical) data, so privacy and ethics play an important role.
During the hackathon you will learn how to dissect this problem from different perspectives, and how to approach it while taking into account the needs of the stakeholders by using design thinking.
Period1 Mar 2024
Event titleHackathon: The public use of health apps and wearables: The legal & ethical issues associated with e-health
Event typeWorkshop
LocationGroningen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • data protection
  • health data
  • data concerning health
  • apps
  • wearable technology