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Co-Creation Workshop: Low-Code/No-Code Technology for Digital Health Innovation

Hosted at the REFSQ 2024 conference in Winterthur on Monday 8 th April 2024

This workshop is co-organized with the Innovation Booster Digital Health Nation

No single industry is left untouched by the digital transformation. The success of this transformation is determined by how well the stakeholders in the specific sectors adopt digital technologies and how productively they utilize them. In the field of digital health innovation, new technologies are increasingly being used, especially at the interfaces between healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and insurers. In this workshop we focus on low-code/no-code technology that reduces the traditional distance
between requirements engineering and software development.

The requirements for these technologies are complex and need to be elicited from heterogeneous sources to ensure full coverage of stakeholders’ needs. Accordingly, many challenges exist, such as:

  • How to design reliable systems in complex environments with many stakeholders?
  • How to enhance the communication and interpretation of requirements?
  • How to effectively reduce the technical knowledge gap of domain experts?
  • How to actively engage healthcare experts in the software prototyping process?
  • How to automatically integrate business logic and domain data specified in Excel sheets or other business artifacts?
  • How to ensure early in the development process that the solution is going to meet the requirements?
  • How to integrate healthcare-related regulations and standards in software solutions?
  • How to ensure that digital solutions are sustainable in terms of technical, social, individual, economic, and environmental aspects?
  • How to enhance the human understanding and evolvability of digital solutions?
  • Etc.

This one-day interactive workshop will engage the participants in the analysis of contemporary challenges with the objective of collaboratively identifying the research and industry actions to achieve sustainable digital health innovation. The envisioned participants include applied researchers and engineers from the MedTech-domain, combined with some interested international experts that attend the main REFSQ 2024 conference. Various aspects on the way from idea to practical implementation and application will be
highlighted and discussed in short break-out sessions. The goal is to prepare outlines for Innosuisse project proposals that need to be worked out in small teams after the workshop.

The workshop is hosted and organized by the ZHAW’s Software Engineering research group and the Innovation Booster Artificial Intelligence.

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Preliminary program

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and workshop goals
Icebreakers: getting to know each other
09:30 – 10:30Collect core engineering challenges for digital health innovation perceived across the domain (breakout brainstorm, present/discuss, rate)
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30Presentation on the Low-code/no-code expertise of ZHAW’s Software Engineering research group (including a live project demo)
Collect feedback: What resonates well? What are valuable additions?
– Define multiple topics to work on in the afternoon, each combining: Digital health innovation challenge
– Software engineering technology
– The role of software developers and domain users: Software development for all
12:30 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30World café: fostering collaboration to address challenges for sustainable and innovative digital health
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00Presentation of the results and collect additional ideas
Investigate who is interested in participating in and writing project proposals on these topics
17:00 – 17:30Collect feedback on the workshop
Wrap up and next steps


Apr 08 2024


09:00 - 17:30
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