The Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI) is a joint initiative of the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich, the Future Health Technologies Programme at the Singapore-ETH Centre, and the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen.

Our interdisciplinary team of computer and social scientists partners with medical experts to design behavioural, scalable and self-improving digital health interventions (“digital pills”) that are effective and cost-efficient. We conduct digital biomarker and chatbot research and use wearable sensors, mobile applications, social media and other technologies for the prevention and management of chronic and mental illness.

Our digital biomarker research explores novel applications at the intersection of medicine, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous computing. Our chatbot research explores how conversational agents and voice assistants must be designed to improve adherence to health interventions and thus, to support health-promoting behaviour.

We also initiated and participate in the on-going development of the award-winning open-source platform MobileCoach for digital health interventions and ecological momentary assessments.

Our work is published in scientific outlets and as open-source software. Consistent with the Swiss Open Research Data initiative and provided there are no legal, ethical or copyright barriers, data from our (clinical) trials is published in open scientific databases for replication purposes and to allow the application of novel data analytical approaches by academia and industry in the future.


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CAS in Digital Health, First Cohort February 2022

ETH Certificate in Advanced Studies in Digital Health, First Cohort February 2022 The promise of more personalized, patient‐centered and outcomes‐based healthcare is real, worthy, and within reach (Harvard [...]

MobileCoach Open Source Platform

The vision of the MobileCoach platform is to create fully-automated digital interventions. Due to a modular and extendable structure as well as an architecture rooted [...]

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Mönninghoff, A., Kramer, J., Hess, A.J., Ismailova, K., Teepe, G., Tudor Car, L., Müller-Riemenschneider, F., Kowatsch, T., Long-term effectiveness of mHealth physical activity interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) 23(4):e26699, 10.2196/26699, Visual Abstract by A. Mönninghoff coming soon. [PDF]

Teepe, G., Da Fonseca, A., Kleim, B., Jacobson, N.C., Salamanca-Sanabria, A., Tudor Car, L., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Just-in-time Adaptive Mechanisms of Popular Mobile Applications for Individuals with Depression: Systematic Review, Journal of Medical Internet Research Preprints, 06/04/2021:29412, preprints.jmir.org/preprint/29412. [PDF]

Gross, C., Schachner, T., Hasl, A., Kohlbrenner, D., Clarenbach, C.F., von Wangenheim, F., Kowatsch, T., Personalization of Conversational Agent-Patient Interaction Styles for Chronic Disease Management: Results from two Consecutive Experiments, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), 10.2196/26643 (forthcoming). [PDF]

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Congratulations to Philip Cleres for winning an AI challenge by the CDHI's digital biomarker research team! https://www.c4dhi.org/news/congratulations-to-philip-cleres-for-winning-an-ai-challenge

Can a smartphone app help us stay physically active? The authors Annette Mönninghoff et al. studied this question in a meta-analysis on long-term effects of digital interventions for physical activity. https://www.jmir.org/2021/4/e26699

Our upcoming Continuing Education course in Digital Health at @ETH_en is featured in today's News from the Executive Board! Take a look! If you're interested in learning more, you can send an email to olkeller@ethz.ch.
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