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Publikation: Lauri Wessel, Hannes Rothe, Eivor Oborn

Lauri Wessel, Hannes Rothe, Eivor Oborn: Introduction to the WI2021 Track: Creating Value through Digital Innovation in Health Care. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, 2021. 

COVID-19 has significantly impacted on societies and healthcare sectors worldwide. New needs in terms of research, diagnostics, treatments, and care emerged in rapid pace and brought with them substantial implications for value creation. While significant change in how value was being created and captured in health care was already underway before the pandemic, it accelerated this dynamic and brought to the fore the timeliness of rethinking the relationship between digital innovation and value creation in health care. On the one hand, the availability of increasing amounts of data is often associated with positive outcomes as data can inform genomics, medical imagery, and enable patients to self-manage their own health [4–8]. On the other, studies are also beginning to point out that some of these innovations can have detrimental impacts on how patients may organize their lives [9], that certain digital innovations may be in conflict with values that medical professionals advocate and that digital innovations can generally lead to unexpected changes in health care organizations. As digital technologies are used in health care with wider scale and scope, this calls for a nuanced inquiry into the relationship between digital innovation and value creation in health care and to attend to how digital innovation changes what, why, and for whom value is being created. Our track at the "International Konferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik 2021" (WI2021) is devoted to these topics.