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Where are digital biomarkers and digital health interventions taking us?



MAY 11, 2022

CTBH Distinguished Guest Lecture

Elgar Fleisch, PhD
Professor of Information and Technology Management, University of St. Gallen (HSG); Director, Institute of Technology Management; Professor of Information Management, Department for Management, Technology and Economy, ETH Zurich

About the Presentation: The talk will give a tour d’horizon through the most important projects and technologies at the Center for Digital Health Interventions ( With our work in digital biomarkers, we develop methods for non-invasive digital measurement of relevant health conditions, which so far can only be collected laboriously, time-consuming, and costly. We rely on new data and data sources such as CAN bus or cameras data from vehicles, sound data, etc. In the area of digital health interventions, we combine measurement data with medical interventions and improve digital therapies. Here, we develop tools and methods to increase adherence on an ongoing basis and test new approaches to address vulnerable patients, among other things. The presentation concludes with a personal digital health research vision for the next 10 years.

About the Presenter: Elgar Fleisch is a Professor of Information and Technology Management at ETH Zurich and University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Director at the Institute of Technology Management. His research interests focus on the current fusion of the physical and the digital world into an Internet of Things. His largest lab, the Center for Digital Health Interventions, investigates how digital technologies are changing our healthcare system. Elgar Fleisch and his team have published their results in over 600 scientific papers. His last book was called: The Digital Pill – What Everyone Should Know about the Future of Our Healthcare System (Emerald 2021).

Elgar Fleisch is a co-founder of several university spin-offs and serves as a member of multiple academic steering committees as well as supervisory boards including Robert Bosch, Mobiliar Insurance Group and Uniqa Insurance Group. Born 1968 in Bregenz, Austria, Elgar Fleisch was trained in mechanical engineering, computer science and business administration. He received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence in 1993 and devoted his postdoc time to the “networked enterprise”. 2002 he was appointed full professor at University of St. Gallen (HSG), 2004 also at ETH Zurich. Elgar Fleisch spent his sabbaticals at MIT and Dartmouth College.