The expertise within the ICT4Health application area was developed through national and international research projects (EU Commission, SNF-NanoTera, Innosuisse, various foundations) that focused on ICT applications to the health domain.

The mission of ICT4Health is to support Swiss public and private institutions and companies in innovative endeavours where ICT is applied to the health domain.

The main research topics are:

  • Brain Computer Interface (BCI) and Brain Neural Machine Interface in rehabilitation to help patients recover from a neurological disease (such as a stroke), or to help patients cope with the loss of functionality (e.g. paraplegic and tetraplegic patients)
  • Mobile Health and Personal Health Systems for the continuous monitoring, treatment and prediction of life-threatening episodes (e.g. hearth attacks, stroke, bipolar disorder episodes), and for personalized medicine, especially in elderly with comorbidities
  • Intelligent Assistive Technologies to support the elderly in their everyday life and to extend their independent life at home as long as possible
  • Automatic Data Management Systems to support hospitals and health care centers in the optimization of the management of health data records and of the overall work flow.

Most of the expertise within the ISIN research areas is applied to health projects. In addition, domain-specific expertise includes:

  • Health informatics (“a scientific discipline that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval, communication and optimal use of health related data, information and knowledge”); in particular with respect to Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records, interoperability data communication standards (the HL7 standards, including HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), clinical pathway, clinical processes and clinical practice
  • Knowledge of the key human biological signals needed to correctly collect, process and analyse them (e.g. when collected with wearable sensors in the case of Mobile Health or Personal Health Systems)
  • Knowledge of the Ethical aspects and the Good Clinical Practices required for projects that involve human beings or personal data manipulation
  • Knowledge of the national health system and its organization in hospitals, nursing homes and home care services
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, and basic knowledge of some of the most frequent and major human disease.

Alessandro Puiatti
Head of ICT4health

Phone: +41 (0)58 666 66 96