[EVE05-MED] Digital Health Interventions for Inclusive Access to Treatment

 DAY 1 – Wensday 27 June – 1:30pm-3:00pm

Swiss Tech | Room 1b | Level Garden



Walter Karlen
Mobile Health Systems Lab, D-HEST, ETH Zurich walter.karlen@hest.ethz.ch

Walter Karlen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich where he is heading the Mobile Health Systems Lab since October 2014. He received his MSc and PhD degree from EPFL. As post-doctoral researcher at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of British Columbia he specialized on mobile phone implementations of biomedical sensors and algorithms for global health applications. 




Digital health is a key enabler in areas of the world where access to health care is limited. While many digital services for diagnosis and monitoring have been already explored, the current solutions that can also deliver treatments remain very limited. In this session we will explore the delivery of health care treatments through ICT channels. Designed as a participatory workshop, attendees will collaboratively define the priority health areas, identify risks, and develop implementation strategies for this emerging new health intervention field.
The audience will co-develop an action plan for digital health interventions in low resource settings. The findings of the session will be summarized into 1-2 pages and distributed to interested conference participants on the last day of the conference. The action plan will feature priority areas where digital health interventions could and should be applied, a checklist with risks and concern areas, and guidelines for possible implementation strategies.
The session will start with 1-2 input talks (max 30 min) on health interventions and methods of delivering or supporting health treatments with digital tools. The aim is to provide the necessary background for the following mini-breakout. Participants will break out in 3 groups (priority health areas, concerns, implementation strategies) and will under the lead of a group moderator develop a key statement on their topic. At the end of the session, each group will present their findings to the plenum (15 min). The group leaders will be compiling a summary that can be distributed and published at the end.