Personal Health Buddy

The IBH funding will help to prepare a proposal for an EU project aimed at developing a platform for individually tailored health management. It will focus on eating habits and nutrition as one of the most important aspects of personal health. The project will generate biomarker data for a well-defined group of patients, i.e. people with serious weight problems. Obesity constitutes a major risk factor for chronic diseases such as diabetes, but although this is well known, behavioural change is extremely difficult and requires a multidimensional approach. The platform will be based on an integrated care model for improving the outcome of obesity treatment with bariatric surgery, and the prevention and treatment of related chronic diseases such as diabetes. It will combine feedback based on biomarker data (proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics), wearable sensors and mobile apps for self-tracking and monitoring vital data as well as educational components aimed at enhancing health literacy and self-management of individual conditions. A portfolio of mobile self-management components based on clinical psychology and behavioural economics are meant to support motivation and user engagement, which can be applied to other lifestyle factors besides eating habits.For preparing the proposal we can build on the proven expertise and experience of the project partners in the areas of digital health, chronic disease (self-) management, ‘omics’ research, metabolic, physiological and psychological aspects of eating behaviour, obesity treatment, social innovation, health literacy and education as well as behavioural economics. Together, the partners can mobilise a formidable array of stakeholders and organisations in the Bodensee Region and beyond as well as in relevant industries to ensure the sustainability of results. The Project will be a major contribution for realising the vision of Personalised Medicine and address present health challenges such as the increasing burden of chronic disease by merging socially innovative practices with new developments in biomarker screening and digital health.

Dieses Initialprojekt zielt auf eine Förderung durch das EU-Programm Horizon 2020 „HEALTH“.

Keywords: Individuelles Healthmanagement, Biomarker-Data

Beteiligte Projektpartner: FHS St.Gallen (Projektleitung), PH Weingarten, Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen

Projektlaufzeit: 1.6.2014 – 31.5.2015

Projektplakat: IBH_ProjektPlakate_A0_Persoanl_Health-Buddy

Interview mit Dieter Stoll, Projektleiter der Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen