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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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), 22(7):e18082, doi: 10.2196/18082. [PDF]

Stieger, M., Eck, M., Rüegger, D., Kowatsch, T., Flückiger, C., Allemand, M., Who Wants to Become More Conscientious, More Extraverted, or Less Neurotic With the Help of a Digital Intervention, Journal of Research in Personality, doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103983. [PDF]

Kramer, J., Künzler, F., Mishra, V., Smith, S.N., Kotz, D.F., Scholz, U., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Which Components of a Smartphone Walking App Help Users to Reach Personalized Step Goals? Results from an Optimization Trial, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaaa002. [PDF]

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To strengthen our activities at our center in Singapore and, thus, to increase our scientific and societal impact, we are looking for a software developer for mobile health interventions:
https://www.jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_Iwh3bKM5inemRjzirc #DigitalHealth #Digital #Health #Software #Developer #Mobile #App

To strengthen our activities at our center and, thus, to increase our scientific, educational and societal impact, we are looking for an Executive Director:
https://www.jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_gQuecyxRyWCUnY9d2e #DigitalHealth #Digital #Health #Executive #Education #CAS

Who Wants to Become More Conscientious, More Extraverted, or Less Neurotic With the Help of a Digital Intervention? Here are first answers in our latest publication in the Journal of Research in Personality: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1bHNsL4LCy6cg

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