Project Increasing Patient Engagement through Cognitive Companions and Apps

The students are able to elicit the requirements for cognitive companions, mobile health apps, and fitness tracking devices that increase the engagement of patients with their health and wellness. The students can further apply fundamental principles and concepts of cognitive systems in order to properly design and implement sophisticated user interfaces and interaction concepts that meet these requirements. They can demonstrate the practical use of the realized patient companion or mobile app, and are familiar with its opportunities and limitations in respect to patient engagement.

Module Manual


Cognitive companions, mobile health apps, and fitness tracking devices all play a role in ensuring that patients become engaged with their health and overall wellness. Whether it is to remain dedicated to manage one’s medications and prescriptions or to adhere to one’s diet and exercise routine, mobile health apps and technologies can be used to boost patient engagement with health and wellness. However, various challenges need to be tackled by providers to incorporate these apps and devices into the patients’ lifestyles. While patients are usually willing to use, for example, mobile health apps as a part of their healthcare, it is critical for developers to make these apps holistic and easy to use for the patients. By investigating a concrete healthcare or well-being scenario, the students will learn how to design mobile health apps and other Internet-based, remote technologies in a way that increases the engagement of patients with their healthcare and assists providers in meeting meaningful use objectives.

Date and Room



4 semester hours, 8 ECTS


Every summer term