The Future of Aging: Transatlantic Perspectives on Digital Health Tech

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How can the United States and Germany collaborate more to foster digital health innovations, particularly for aging populations?

Elderly-focused technology is a burgeoning field that can both improve the quality of life for senior citizens and reduce costs for healthcare systems worldwide. However, older adults continue to face barriers to the use of digital technologies that could limit their engagement with digital health programs.

We aim to bring academic, industry, and philanthropic stakeholders together to foster conversations on how to foster collaboration between the United States and Germany in the areas of aging and digital health tech.

Increasingly, digital health technologies are being developed with the aim of allowing older adults to maintain functional independence as they age.  These digital health technologies for aging are expected to mitigate the socio-economic effects of population aging and improve the quality of life of older people, such as improving cognitive function and mobility. Moreover, these technologies have been proposed to support hospital-to-home transition for older adults and the treatment of chronic disease. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated physical distancing guidelines have propelled a shift toward digital health technologies and this shift is expected to continue.

Some questions we seek to address during this event are:

  • How can digital health innovations improve the quality of life for the elderly?
  • What innovations are needed to potentially reduce the cost of healthcare for the elderly?
  • What does the innovation landscape look like in regards to digital health technologies?
  • What could a human centered research transfer approach look like?
  • How could we build a knowledge and solution transfer bridge between California and Berlin / Germany?


  • 3:00: Registration & Networking
  • 3:30: Presentations
    • Welcoming Remarks
    • Panel & Moderation
    • Q&A
  • 4:30: Networking Reception and Optional Tour through CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The event is organized by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) San Francisco in cooperation with Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health (DUCAH).

Confirmed Panelists

David Lindeman is director of UC Berkeley's CITRIS Health Initiative. He also serves as director of the Center for Technology and Aging, which was developed with support from the SCAN Foundation, and co-director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health, which advances the use of technology to support population health. He joined CITRIS in 2013. Previously, Dr. Lindeman was the founder and director of the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging in Evanston, Ill., where he was responsible for developing and implementing evidence-based applied research programs, demonstration projects, education programs and dissemination initiatives. He has held positions as associate professor of health policy at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center and as co-director of the University of California, Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center. Dr. Lindeman is a Berkeley Social Welfare alumni. He earned his DSW in 1987 and MSW 1980.
David Lindeman
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer is research and founding Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). He is also scientific director of the research group Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society. Prof. Schildhauer studied computer science at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and holds PhDs in the field of software marketing, information management and public health. As computer scientist, marketing expert, internet researcher he works as university professor for electronic business at the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin. He is founding director and currently chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Electronic Business e.V. (IEB), the largest affiliated institute at the UdK. He also heads the Berlin Career College at the UdK, which bundles the further education activities of the UdK. As director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Prof. Schildhauer conducts research in particular on the topics of “Internet enabled innovation”, “Digital Education” and “Digital Health”. In this context, Prof. Schildhauer also co-founded the Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health (DUCAH).
Thomas Schildhauer
Katherine Kim is an adjunct associate professor in the Division of Health Informatics in the Department of Public Health Services at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and principal of consumer health informatics and health science at MITRE. Dr. Kim is a health informatics researcher specializing in participatory methods in digital health and clinical research networks. She co-directs the CITRIS Health ACTIVATE project, a major effort to improve care and address social determinants in health in rural and vulnerable communities with digital health and telehealth. She started the International Summer Institute in Telehealth, Informatics, and Data Science, a training program of the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network and CITRIS active in the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Kim has over 20 years of experience as a hospital and medical group manager, the entrepreneur–CEO of a venture-funded startup, the leader of a technology incubator and the founder of a consulting firm. She also worked in software product development with Oracle. She is an elected fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association and received a Ph.D. at UC Davis, an MPH-MBA at UC Berkeley and a B.A. at Harvard.
Katherine Kim

Event Information

May 31, 2023, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Banatao Auditorium 2594 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94720
Organizer(s): CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, DWIH San Francisco, DUCAH