The Center for Digital Health Interventions is a joint initiative of the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich 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 behavioral, scalable and self-improving digital health interventions (“digital pills”) that are effective and cost-efficient and which are based on digital biomarker and digital coaching research. 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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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 [...]

Mobile Diet Coach: MySwissFoodPyramid

Mobile Diet Coach aims to provide fully-automated interventions to improve food literacy and support health-promoting dietary behaviors. Results of menuCH, the National Nutrition Survey conducted 2014 [...]

SNF PathMate2 Childhood Obesity

The goal of the research project PathMate2 is to help support obese children, their parents and their physicians with modern technology in creating a healthier lifestyle. [...]

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Kramer, J., Künzler, F., Mishra, V., Presset, B., Smith, S.N., Scholz, U., Kotz, D.F., Kowatsch, T., Investigating Intervention Components and Exploring States of Receptivity for a Smartphone App to Promote Physical Activity: Protocol of a Microrandomized Trial, JMIR Research Protocols, 8(1), e11540. [PDF]

Kramer, J., Tinschert, P., Scholz, U., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., A Cluster-Randomized Trial on Small Incentives to Promote Physical Activity, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), 56(2), e45-e54. [PDF]

Künzler, F., Context-aware notification management systems for just-in-time adaptive interventions, Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops), 2019 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2019. (forthcoming).

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Submit your work to the IS in Healthcare track at ICIS 2019, Munich, Germany! Deadline is May 1: https://t.co/K3b9ZJ7dMA

We are offering a PhD student position in Health Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction (100%). If you are interested, then please check out the details and apply: https://t.co/4ljSv0kGDv

Interesting read: Data-Driven Meets Theory-Driven Research in the Era of Big Data: https://t.co/0A6xDH5WVW

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