Personalised and Digital Health

We define markers for disease control and surveillance and conduct research using cohorts and biobanks through longitudinal characterisation of participants.

Systems epidemiology integrates genetic, molecular, computational, imaging and other technologies that allow a comprehensive characterisation of the health phenotypes and life contexts of individuals. These methods form the basis of personalised health research, which aims to individualise and improve the prediction, prevention and management of infectious and non-communicable diseases. At Swiss TPH, we are extending the concept of personalised medicine into the context of public and global health by establishing a research, resource and teaching platform for personalised health in Switzerland, Europe and low- and middle-income countries. To ensure the public health and clinical utility and to minimise harm and avoid unnecessary costs of personalised health, there is a need for population-based data in near real-time. Information and clinical decision support systems based on digital health technologies are tested, validated and scaled-up to optimise routine health care delivery in low- and middle-income countries.