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 [...]

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Künzler, F., Mishra, V., Kramer, J., Kotz, D.F., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Exploring the State-of-Receptivity for mHealth Interventions, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) (Issue 4, December) (forthcoming).

Shih, I., Tomita, N., Lukic, Y., Hernández, Á., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Breeze: Smartphone-based Acoustic Real-time Detection of Breathing Phases for a Gamified Biofeedback Breathing Training, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (Issue 4, December) (forthcoming).

Kowatsch, T., Harperink, S., Dittler, U., Xiao, G., Stanger, C., Oswald, H., Möller, A., A digital assistant for healthcare providers targeting 10 to 15-year-old patients with asthma and their family: results from a pilot study, Abstract published by the Center for Digital Health Interventions, ETH Zurich & University of St.Gallen. [PDF]

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We invite you to submit your paper to the 1st International Workshop on Best Practices for Scaling-Up Digital Innovations in Healthcare, Scale-IT-up! 2020 (Valletta, Malta, Feb 24-26). Submission deadline is Dec 19, 2019: https://t.co/d8jPOZQbWl

Two articles on States of Receptivity and a Biofeedback-based Breathing Training have been just accepted and will appear in the December issue of the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT): https://t.co/DLuC3LvlaM

Please join us for the guest lecture by H. Riedwyl Hansjörg Riedwyl on Software as Medical Device, Oct 16, 2019, 4:15pm at the University of St.Gallen: https://t.co/Q26KPuZKMt

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