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From Research Prototypes Towards Certified Digital Pills

April 28, 2017

Tobias Kowatsch, PhD, MSc
Scientific Director at the Center for Digital Health Interventions,,

Andreas Filler, MSc
PHD candidate and doctoral researcher at CDHI,,
Co-founder Pathmate Technologies,

About the Presentation: The goal of this seminar is to discuss the challenges at the intersection of research prototypes, i.e. not certified medical apps / digital health interventions (DHIs) and certified digital pills. As an example, we outline the structure of research projects and MobileCoach-based DHI prototypes at the CDHI and how the ETH spinoff company Pathmate Technologies plans to produce certified digital pills out of the scientific results. Against this background, we question to which degree personalized data collected during clinical trials can be reused for certified digital pills by means of electronic health records, and other health data initiatives (e.g. and It will be also questioned how self-learning DHIs can be certified at all, i.e. DHIs that adapt their sensing and intervention algorithms with each additional interaction and patient.

We are happy to discuss these questions with the audience to pave the way for a concise transition and design method that describes the transition from research prototypes to certified digital pills by means of scalable, personalized, and self-learning DHIs that guide both patients and health professionals likewise.

About the Presenters: Tobias Kowatsch is the scientific director of the CSS Health Lab and the Health Information Systems Lab at the Center for Digital Health Interventions (, 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. In close collaboration with Professor Dr. Elgar Fleisch, his interdisciplinary team and research partners, Tobias designs digital health interventions (“Digital Pills”) at the intersection of computer science and psychology. He also helped initiate MobileCoach (, the open source platform for behavioral health interventions.

Andreas Filler is a Ph.D. candidate and doctoral researcher at the Health-IS Lab.  He holds a MSc in Computer Science in Media and Dipl.-Inform. (FH) in Computer Science in Media.  His focus is on health information systems as an architect and lead developer of the open source MobileCoach platform.  He is also Co-founder of Pathmate Technologies,