Digital Health Zurich – A practice lab for patient-centred clinical innovation
At a glance
- Project leader : Prof. Dr. Sven Hirsch
- Deputy of project leader : Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Prof. Dr. Kurt Stockinger
- Project team : Prof. Dr. Florian Liberatore, Sunjoy Mathieu, Dr. Georg Spinner, Dr. Samuel Wehrli, Yi Zhang
- Project budget : CHF 4'000'000
- Project status : ongoing
- Funding partner : Public sector (excl. federal government) (Kanton Zürich / Digitalisierungsinitiative DIZH (Innovationsprogramm))
- Project partner : Universität Zürich / KrauthammerLab, Universitätsspital Zürich / Institut für komplementäre und integrative Medizin, Universitätsspital Zürich / Comprehensive Cancer Center Zürich, Universitätsspital Zürich / Competence Center Palliative Care, Universitätsklinik Balgrist / Research und Innovation Node, Roche Diagnostics AG
- Contact person : Sven Hirsch
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”.