WHO WE ARE
The Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI) is a joint initiative of the Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care at the University of Zurich, the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich, the Future Health Technologies Programme at the Singapore-ETH Centre, and the School of Medicine and Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen.
We are keen to see a world in which tailored digital healthcare solutions are effective and available to those in need. We would like to contribute to a clearer understanding of how non-communicable diseases can be prevented and better managed with the help of digital health applications and wearable devices. We believe that our applied research and prototype interventions offer the potential of bridging an application gap between theoretical research and care solutions. We value learning from industry and healthcare and enjoy working together towards shared goals.
Our digital biomarker research explores novel applications at the intersection of medicine, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous computing. How can we use acoustic and inflammatory biomarkers to better understand diseases? Can we change the way we breathe to increase resilience to stress? How does a patient with congestive heart failure know when to book a medical appointment? Can we increase road safety by detecting hypoglycemia in a driver with diabetes?
Our intervention research explores how conversational agents and voice assistants can be designed to improve adherence to health interventions and thus, to support health-promoting behaviour. Can a voice assistant be part of a care package? How might a virtual healthcare coach of the future interact with you? How can an app offer timely support for first signs of anxiety and depression? And once someone uses a digital health intervention, how can we increase adherence and engagement?
These are some of the many questions that drive our research.
We recognise the complexity of mental health and physical health conditions, as well as the many barriers to behaviour change. We have a multidisciplinary approach and are fortunate to partner with excellent medical partners and collaborators around the globe. Our research team is backed up by our experienced software engineers who support our researchers with designing effective applications. The open source software projects MobileCoach and FLIRT allow us to design scalable digital health interventions and process longitudinal intensive data streams in clinical trials.
We are keen to increase the understanding of digital health in the general population and to make our work accessible. Our research is therefore largely published in open scientific databases. Our new ETH Zürich continuing education course “CAS ETH in Digital Health” demonstrates our commitment to training up digital health enthusiasts. Lastly, we make our two software packages MobileCoach and FLIRT freely accessible in an open source format.
Our research is structured into Cores which are led by our 5 Core Directors.
Details of our 4 Cores and Core Directors ⬇️.
Core AI & Digital Biomarker, Acoustic and Inflammatory Biomarkers
led by Dr. Filipe Barata
Our research goals are to advance patient-centered healthcare and to provide insight into biological markers by answering clinically relevant research questions in the field of health informatics.
Our approach consists of refining relevant research questions in collaboration with medical professionals, networking with data holders when needed, employing consumer-centric devices as sensing tools, and applying appropriate statistical methods (e.g., Machine Learning and Deep Learning) to develop predicting models from observational research.
Research Project Examples
Trends in voice characteristics in patients with heart failure
Digitalization of Inflammatory Biomarkers for Chronic Systemic Inflammation
More news items available at https://adamma-cdhi-eth-zurich.github.io/
Core Digital Health Interventions
led by Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
MobileCoach Open Source Software Platform for Digital Biomarker and Intervention Research
Assessing Couples’ Dyadic Management of Chronic Diseases in Daily Life
Voice Assistants for Health Management esp in the car HEADWIND
A Vocal Biomarker for Subclinical Depression
Prediction and Prevention of Non-Adherence to Digital Health Interventions
Breeze: A Gameful Biofeedback Breathing Training for Mental and Physical Well-being
Core Behavioral Health & Disease Prevention
led by Dr. Jacqueline Mair
Diane+ A Digital Lifestyle Coach to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Singapore
Core Digital Biomarker in Diabetes Management
led by Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
FLIRT: A Feature Generation Toolkit for Wearable Data
HEADWIND: A Vehicle Hypoglycemia Warning System
HYPEX: Hypoglycemia Prediction During and After Exercise
RADAR: Wearable-Based Dysglycemia Detection and Warning in Diabetes
Core Wearable AI for Rheumatoid Arthritis Management
led by Dr. George Jojo Boateng
A digital biomarker to monitor and predict disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis would enable an unobtrusive way to track disease severity and progression for patients with RA and other inflammatory arthritis.
Guest lecture on Natural Language Interactions with Virtual Human Counselors: Stefán Ólafsson, 26 April 2023
Wednesday, 26 April 2023, 3PM CEST/ 1PM GMT Zoom Link: ethz.zoom.us/j/66132876667 About Stefán Ólafsson Stefán Ólafsson is an assistant professor at the department of computer science [...]
Full Stack Software Engineer DTx Design & Trial Service at Med-HSG (100%)
The Next Generation of Evidence-based Medicine (Nature Medicine, 2023), The New Science of Wellness (Scientific American, 2022), The Promise of the Metaverse in Cardiovascular Health (European Heart [...]
Mental Health Apps: How effective are digital therapists? An interview with Tobias Kowatsch, 10 March 2023
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cases of anxiety disorders and depression have risen sharply worldwide in recent years. But sufferers often have to put [...]
GENKI: Business Models in Digital Healthy Longevity
Challenges Digital health companies can address significant healthcare challenges such as demographic impact—particularly the health burden of non-communicable diseases and common mental disorders among lower socioeconomic populations [...]
LvL UP: A Digital Lifestyle Coach for the Prevention of NCDs in Singapore
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, and Common Mental Disorders (CMDs) such as depression or anxiety are the leading causes of death and [...]
Core – Wearable AI for Rheumatoid Arthritis Management (WARAM)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease caused by the body’s immune system attacking its tissues resulting in inflammation of joints (e.g., fingers, toes) characterized by [...]
Langholm, C., Kowatsch, T., Bucci, S., Cipriani, A., Torous, J., Exploring the potential of Apple SensorKit and digital phenotyping data as new digital biomarkers for mental health research, Digital Biomarkers, e-ISSN: 2504-110X (Online) (forthcoming).
Salamanca-Sanabria, A., Jabir, A., Lin, X., Alattas, A., Kocaballi, A.B., Lee, J., Kowatsch, T., Tudor Car, L., Exploring the Role of Mobile Health Interventions for the Prevention of Common Mental Disorders in University Students: A Qualitative Study, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), 2023;Vol. 25:e44542 10.2196/44542.
Mekniran, W., Kowatsch, T., Scalable Business Models in Digital Healthy Longevity: Lessons from Top-Funded Digital Health Companies in 2022, In Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies – Scale-IT-up, 16-18 February 2023, Lisbon, Portugal, ISBN 978-989-758-631-6; ISSN 2184-4305, 609-15. 10.5220/0011778400003414. [PDF]