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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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 [...]

Towards a Digital Biomarker for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the leading causes of death and affects 251 million people worldwide. In the United States, the direct costs of [...]

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Kowatsch, T., Lohse, K.M., Erb, V., Schittenhelm, L., Galliker, H., Lehner, R., Huang, E.M., Hybrid Ubiquitous Coaching: A Novel Combination of Mobile and Holographic Conversational Agents Targeting Adherence to Home Exercises, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10.2196/23612 (forthcoming).

Cohen Rodrigues, T., Reijnders, T., de Buisonjé, D., Santhanam, P., Kowatsch, T., Janssen, V., Kraaijenhagen, R., Atsma, D., Evers, A., Human attributes in conversational agents: A field study with an app-based lifestyle intervention, 10th Annual Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH) Conference 2021, 28 & 29 January 2021, Online edition. [PDF]

Banholzer, N., Feuerriegel, S., Fleisch, E., Bauer, G., Kowatsch, T., Computer mouse movements as a scalable detector of work stress: A longitudinal observational field study , Journal of Medical Internet Research Preprints 10.2196/preprints.27121. [PDF]

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Gesundheitspsychologische Weiterbildung: Bis zum 29. Januar ist es noch möglich, sich für diesen tollen CAS an der Universität Zürich anzumelden:
"CAS in Psychologie der Arbeit und Gesundheit in der digitalen Welt"

Mehr Infos: https://www.psychologie.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:ed77123f-0986-4ffb-9d04-fae6ef42cee2/Flyer_CAS_PAGD_2020.pdf
#psychologie #digitalhealth

Dr. Tobias Kowatsch @tkowatsch becomes a member of the Competence Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science! https://www.c4dhi.org/news/dr-tobias-kowatsch-becomes-a-member-of-the-resc/

#digitalhealth #rehabilitation #research #ETH

Welcome to our new Software Engineer Fabian Schneider! https://www.c4dhi.org/news/welcome-new-software-engineer-fabian-schneider/
#digitalhealth #research #SoftwareEngineering

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