We are pleased to announce that the MySwissFoodPyramid app was released today. The overall goal of the app is to increase food literacy in the Swiss population by an interactive food diary and personalized feedback through the MobileCoach-based chat interface and the digital coaches Lukas or Anna. The app is available in French, Italian and German language versions in the Swiss app stores starting today:


We are very proud to announce that the behavioral intervention platform MobileCoach (www.mobile-coach.eu), which was developed and made open source under the Apache 2.0 licence by the Center for Digital Health Interventions and the Swiss Institute of Public Health and Addiction at Zurich University, has been awarded the HSG Impact Award 2018. As the representative of the whole MobileCoach team including Elgar Fleisch, Andreas Filler, Severin Haug, Dominik Rüegger, Dirk Volland, Filipe Barata, Iris Shih, Florian Künzler, Prabhakaran Santhanam, Jan-Niklas Kramer, Peter Tinschert, Marcia Nißen, Joseph Brian Ollier, Varun Mishra, David Kotz, Florian von Wangenheim and many others, Tobias Kowatsch received the award today at the dies academicus of the University of St. Gallen, May 26, 2018. MobileCoach is intended to facilitate behaviour-oriented interventions for patients with various health challenges.

We are happy to announce that the health literacy video clips targeting children with asthma “Asthma kindgerecht erklärt” have been awarded the intermedia-globe GOLD Award in the category E-Learning and Education at the WorldMediaFestival 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Our doctoral researcher Peter Tinschert received the award today in Hamburg. Congrats to the whole project team consisting of Lutz Augspurger and his team from Flipping Rocks, Alexander Möller, Helmut Oswald, Ullrich Dittler, Franca Meyer, Maja Schaub, Filipe Barata, Peter Tinschert, Jean-Marie Egger, Matthias Heuberger, Gabriella Chiesa, Elgar Fleisch & Tobias Kowatsch.

  1. The video clips are available here: www.lungenliga.ch/de/krankheiten-ihre-folgen/asthma-bei-kindern/asthma-lern-videoclips.html
  2. The poster Health Literacy Video Clips for Children with Asthma is available here: www.researchgate.net/publication/321875174

The video clips are currently available in German, French and Italian versions. If you are interested in other languages, please do not hesitate to contact Tobias Kowatsch via  tobias.kowatsch@unisg.ch.


We are happy to announce that our paper entitled “The Impact of Interpersonal Closeness Cues in Text-based Healthcare Chatbots on Attachment Bond and the Desire to Continue Interacting: An Experimental Design” by Tobias Kowatsch, Marcia Katharina Nißen, Dominik Rüegger, Mirjam Stieger, Christoph Flückiger, Mathias Allemand and Florian von Wangenheim has been accepted for presentation at the 26th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2018) in Portsmouth, UK.

We are looking very forward to discuss with you the paper at this year’s ECIS.

We are proud of today’s media coverage of our SNF project PathMate 2 “Fighting Childhood Obesity” by the Swiss Television SRF in “Schweiz Aktuell”:

We are very proud of the video portrait of the CSS Health Lab as part of the yearly report of the Swiss CSS health insurance:

Dear All,

We would like to invite you to submit you paper to the IS in Healthcare track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2018 that will be held in San Francisco, California, USA, December 13-16 2018. The conference brings together information systems researchers from around the world to discuss cutting edge research. Please find further details about the topics and submission process in the IS in Healthcare track.

With kind regards,

Dr. Tobias Kowatsch

Associate Editor, IS in Healthcare, ICIS 2018



We would like to thank you Dr. med. Dirk Büchter for inviting us to the guest lecture entitled “Digital Coaches for Patients and Health Professionals” at the 1st Psychosomatic Symposium of Eastern Switzerland in St.Gallen.


At our latest team event yesterday, we were able to learn curling to some degree… Thanks a lot to Florian and Iris for the organization as well as the Curling-Club DOLDER in Zurich for their expertise and great instructions. It was a lot of fun!

Ski Day 2018


We would like to thank you Elgar and Rachel for a great Ski Day at Flumser Berg!