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!

We would like to thank Sooli Film very much for taking the time to get some statements from our research team today.

We are happy to have Varun Mishra with us this week, a visiting student from Dartmouth’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health ( Together with our doctoral student Florian Künzler and under the scientific supervision of Prof. David Kotz, Varun will work towards a very first state of receptivity module for the open source behavioral intervention platform MobileCoach ( The data used to develop this first version stems from our physical activity intervention Ally.

This pilot project is funded by Dartmouth’s CTBH.


At our team meeting today, we were happy to listen to the talk by our new CDHI affiliate Prof. Dr. Stefan Feuerriegel, a tenure-track assistant professor in management information systems from the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich. The talk was entitled “Healthcare analytics: From longitudinal health monitoring to management decisions“. The abstract is provided below:

Personalized healthcare, i.e. tailoring of care to patients, illnesses and their progression promises gains in efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of healthcare. This can be accomplished through longitudinal health monitoring whereby the course of a condition is traced over weeks or months. For this reason, one needs a precise understanding of how healthcare analytics can foster better care. This talk provides a taxonomy of different methodological approaches. Individual examples can range from supporting preventive actions in early stages of diseases, facilitating accurate prognoses of how patients respond to treatments and thereby is supposed to help healthcare professionals in choosing treatments that match patient profiles and disease mechanisms best.

We are looking very forward to joint research projects with Stefan.

It is our pleasure to announce that the following workshop has been accepted at Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik – Data driven X, Turning Data into Value (MKWI 2018) at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany:

Designing Just-in-time Adaptive Interventions and Healthcare Chatbots with the Open Source Platform MobileCoach

Organizer: Tobias Kowatsch

Abstract: MobileCoach ( is an open source behavioural intervention platform for just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) (Nahum-Shani et al. 2016) that employ scalable healthcare chatbots to deliver these interventions (Filler et al., 2015; Haug et al., 2017a; Haug et al., 2017b; Kowatsch et al., 2017a; Kowatsch et al., 2017b; Paz et al., 2017). It provides sensing and support capabilities via self-reports and sensor data. Domain experts such as general practitioners or health psychologists can apply the talk-and-tools paradigm (Beun et al., 2017) in MobileCoach, i.e. a chat-based interface and dedicated tools for user interaction. The logic of the talk and tools components is provided by domain experts with the help of rules. These rules can be used to trigger chat dialogs in combination with interactive elements like health games, health exercises or social challenges. This MKWI workshop has the following objectives: (1) To give an overview of the platform, its talk-and-tools paradigm and various MobileCoach-based interventions with a focus on physical activity, diet behavior, childhood obesity, problem drinking, life skills, personality change and health literacy, (2) To identify and discuss novel features and open research questions with the workshop participants and, (3) To motivate IS researcher, health psychologists and computer scientists to join the MobileCoach open source community and to exchange ideas about innovative interventions and potential research collaborations.

Max. # of Participants: 20

Duration: 2 x 90min

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 7 2018, 2pm-5pm

Registration: MKWI – Workshop Page | Google/MKWI – Registration Page

Additional Information: No special technical requirements; workshop participants should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of information systems research, computer science and health psychology.

We are happy to inform you that the following posters have been accepted for presentation at the Applied Machine Learning Days 2018, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland:

  1. Shih, I., Nißen, M.K., Büchter, D., Durrer, D., l’Allemand, D., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Smartphone-based Biofeedback Breathing Training for Stress Management.
  2. Barata, F., Tinschert, P., Rassouli, F., Baty, F., Martin, B., Steurer-Stey, C., Puhan, M., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Smartphone-based Cough and Sleep Quality Detection.


We are happy to announce that Tobias Kowatsch received an Outstanding Reviewer Award for his review service in the IT and Healthcare track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.