Towards Health Futures: Innovating with Health Data, a Pre-ICIS Workshop

We invite information systems researchers to our Pre-ICIS workshop “Towards Health Futures” at ICIS 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Together, we seek to explore the role of data in health through the lenses of digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Submit your extended abstracts (up to 3 pages, double-spaced, excl. bibliography & appendices) to by Oct 6, 2022. The workshop will be conducted as a half-day workshop on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 (8:30 – 12:30).

New digital technologies such as AI, blockchain, wearable devices, genomics or vertical integration have a substantial impact on health in humans, animals, and plants (Sturman, 2018). Many of these technologies are fundamentally built on data that promise new diagnostics and treatments, personal health tracking, predictive healthcare, decentralized storage or federated learning (e.g., Kallinikos and Tempini 2014; Reddy, 2019). The use and re-use of shared data trigger new value creation mechanisms that change the role of data (Aaltonen et al. 2021; Alaimo and Kallinikos 2021). Organizing data in health, however, is difficult because of regulatory demands and because many of the underlying biological, social, and technological concepts and relationships that are represented by data remain complex and are not yet fully understood.

Data in health, however, is being used and re-used to create opportunities and generate benefits in ways that could not be foreseen when they were created. The facilitation of data storage and the practices of curation and access are crucial for data to serve multiple and possibly unexpected purposes (Tempini, 2017; Vassilakopoulou, Skorve, & Aanestad, 2018).
With few exceptions though, information systems research has focused largely on platforms, infrastructures, or services that collect, store, or analyze data, in ways that assigns a secondary role to the data itself (Jarvenpaa & Markus, 2018). Even a conversation about boundary resources – an artifact that enables this serendipitous purpose – tends to focus on the implemented APIs instead of the data that the APIs exchange (e.g., de Reuver, Sørensen, & Basole, 2017; Eaton, Elaluf-Calderwood, Sorensen, & Yoo, 2015; Ghazawneh & Henfridsson, 2013). We seek to extend our understanding about the role of data as a driver of digital innovation (e.g., Barrett, Davidson, Prabhu, & Vargo, 2015; Fichman, Dos Santos, & Zheng, 2014; Yoo, Henfridsson, & Lyytinen, 2010) and digital entrepreneurship (e.g., Davidson & Vaast, 2010; Kelestyn & Henfridsson, 2014; Nambisan, 2016), believing that health provides a societally important context and fruitful empirical foci in the pursuit of meaningful theorizing in this area.

Workshop agenda

(1) Brief introduction

(2) Industry Presentation

(3) Panel session focusing on the role of data in innovation on health

(4) Author pitch session

(5) Roundtable session 
At the on-site roundtable session, we discuss extended abstracts of a selected set of authors with commentators, chairs, and panelists. 

(6) Concluding reflections
Participants report from conversations at the roundtables with recommendations.


Hannes Rothe
Assoc. Professor, ICN Business School (Berlin, Paris, Nancy),  Germany / France

Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa
Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Anna Essen
Assoc. Professor, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden


Aleksi Aaltonen (Temple University, USA)

Ali Sunyaev (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany)

Elizabeth J. Davidson (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA)

Katharina Lauer (ELIXIR & Covid Data Platform, UK)

Silvia Masiero (University of Oslo, Norway)


Cristina Alaimo (Luiss Guido Carli University, Italy)

Margunn Aanestad (University of Agder Norway)

Lauri Wessel (European University Viadrina Frankurt, Germany)

among others

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