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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.

LATEST NEWS

New publication on the effects of a novel mobile health intervention on body mass index, physical capacities and stress parameters in adolescents with obesity

July 23rd, 2021|

In their research article titled "Effects of a novel mobile health intervention compared to a multicomponent behaviour changing program on body mass index, physical capacities and [...]

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LATEST PROJECTS

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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LATEST PUBLICATIONS

Skvortsova, A., Cohen Rodrigues, T., de Buisonjé, D., Kowatsch, T., Santhanam, P., Veldhuijzen, D., van Middendorp, H., Evers, A., Increasing Effectiveness of a Physical Activity Smartphone Intervention With Positive Suggestions: Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Preprints. 29/04/2021:30057 10.2196/preprints.32130.

Cleres, D., Rassouli, F., Brutsche, M., Kowatsch, T., Barata, F., Lena: a Voice-Based Conversational Agent for Remote Patient Monitoring in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 1st Workshop on Healthy Interfaces (HEALTHI), collocated with the 26th ACM Annual Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) – Where HCI meets AI, Virtually Hosted by Texas A&M University, April 13-17, 2021, College Station, USA, Visual Abstract by D. Cleres. [PDF]

Kowatsch, T., Shih, I., Lukic, Y., Keller, O., Heldt, K., Durrer, D., Stasinaki, A., Büchter, D., Brogle, B., Farpour-Lambert, N., l’Allemand, D., A Playful Smartphone-based Self-regulation Training for the Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Technical Feasibility and Perceptions of Young Patients, 1st Workshop on Healthy Interfaces (HEALTHI), collocated with the 26th ACM Annual Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) – Where HCI meets AI, Virtually Hosted by Texas A&M University, April 13-17, 2021, College Station, USA. [PDF]

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Hurry up - the call for abstracts deadline for this year's NanoMed Europe incl. the track on "Digital Therapeutics and Nanomedicines" by @tkowatsch (ETH) & Alexander Geissler (HSG) is open until July 30th, 2021 (http://www.nme21.eu/abstract/)!

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New in JMIR: Needs and Preferences of Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Taiwan for Companion Robots and Pets: #Survey #Study http://dlvr.it/S2Ngpd

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