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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Stieger, M., Wepfer, S., Rüegger, D., Kowatsch, T., Roberts, B.W., Allemand, M., Becoming More Conscientious or More Open to Experience? Effects of a Two-Week Smartphone-Based Intervention for Personality Change, European Journal of Personality, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/per.2267.

Barata, F., Tinschert, P., Rassouli, F., Brutsche, M., Kotz, D.F., Puhan, M., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Automatic recognition, segmentation and sex assignment of nocturnal asthmatic cough and cough epochs in smartphone-based audio recordings: Results from an observational field study, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), 10.2196/18082 (forthcoming).

Hauser-Ulrich, S., Künzli, H., Meier-Peterhans, D., Kowatsch, T., A Smartphone-Based Health Care Chatbot to Promote Self-Management of Chronic Pain (SELMA): Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial, JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020;8(4):e15806, https://doi.org/10.2196/15806. [PDF]

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How has COVID-19 affected your lifestyle? Most likely quite radically! This weekend during the #EUvsVirus Hackathon we created Elena+, a digital “pandemic lifestyle care app” to deliver #COVID19 health information, mental health support, physical activity advice and many more!

If you are interested in lesson's learned, the design and health impact of a chatbot that aims at promoting self-management of chronic pain, then you may find our new JMU article helpful: https://mhealth.jmir.org/2020/4/e15806/ #digitalhealth #chatbot #chronic #pain #scalable #management

We would like to invite you to our webinar on Diabetes & Technology Management, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:25 pm – 3:00 pm. More information is available here: https://www.c4dhi.org/news/webinar-on-diabetes-technology-management-by-temiloluwa-prioleau-felix-wortmann-and-thomas-zuger-march-17-2020/
#digitalhealth #digitalhealthcare #digital #health

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