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Digital Health Zurich

A practice lab for patient-centred clinical innovation

Digital Health Zurich researches digital health solutions in the hospital context and implements them efficiently and with practical relevance. Core topics are Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROMs), remote monitoring, integrated care and related technologies as well as empowerment of patients and staff.

Our vision is to establish a sustainable, data-driven and cross-institutional digital ecosystem by connecting patients, health professionals, technology and research in Zurich and beyond. To accomplish this, we focus on translating research and developing sustainable real-world digital health solutions, taking the needs of patients and health providers into account, pursuing a participatory approach, supporting efficient and cross-institutional collaboration and promoting digital innovation in the Zurich healthcare system and beyond, as defined in our mission.

As a core project, we are developing a PROM platform that includes a digital PROM infrastructure and higher-level governance. This platform will be used to research new mobile technologies for the collection and analysis of patient data.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich coordinates the treatment of cancer patients at the University Hospital. In this collaboration, new procedures for the continuous observation of patients can be developed and treatment results evaluated using the latest data science methods. In exchange with Balgrist University Hospital, criteria for improving surgical results are being developed. Digital Health Zurich organises the research infrastructure and develops solutions and processes together with the clinics in a safe and secure framework with the aim of making them usable in clinical practice.
Together with clinics, industry partners and universities, a digital Zurich ecosystem is thus being established in the healthcare sector on a sustainable basis. By launching digital innovations that lead to sustainable improvements in medical care and healthcare, Zurich is positioned as a “Smart Health City”. 

Core team:

Prof. Dr. Sven Hirsch, ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management, Center for Computational Health

Prof. Dr. Michael Krauthammer, UZH, Department of Quantitative Biomedicine

Prof. Dr. Kurt Stockinger, ZHAW School of Engineering, Intelligent Information Systems

Prof. Dr. Claudia Witt, UZH, Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Digital Society Initiative

Dr. Philipp Ackermann, ZHAW School of Engineering, Focus Area Human-Centered Computing

Supported by: 

Sonia Difrancesco PhD, UZH, Department of Quantitative Biomedicine

Dr. Yanick Lukic, ZHAW School of Engineering, Focus Area Human-Centered Computing

Lic. phil. I Sunjoy Mathieu, ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management, Center for Computational Health

Sonja Schläpfer MSc, UZH, Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Claudia Stenger-Gysling, UZH, Department of Quantitative Biomedicine

Research partner:

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nikola Biller-Andorno, UZH Institut für Biomedizinische Ethik und Medizingeschichte

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Andreas Wicki, UZH, Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich (CCCZ)

Prof. Dr. David Blum, UZH, Competence Center Palliative Care

Practice partner: 

USZ, Universitätsspital Zürich

Universitätsklinik Balgrist

Roche Diagnostics


Running time: 2022 – 2027