Our Mission

The Digital Health Initiative is an open community bringing together health, technology, and innovation actors. Our mission is to identify challenges in the healthcare sector and to invite innovators to implement ideas and solutions with leading healthcare organizations

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A community of leading organizations

We at the Digital Health Initiative are a growing community and interdisciplinary network of trusted members joining forces to achieve a common goal – addressing challenges in the Swiss Healthcare system together.

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DHI Focus Areas

The Digital Health Initiative aims to promote digital innovation over the entire customer journey. From improving preventive methods over to helping individuals with chronic diseases to live as independently as possible up to making administrative processes in the healthcare sector more efficient – digital health has the potential to provide an innovative solution


Improve early prevention methods and health status.


Help diagnose diseases and health risks early on.


Increasing effectiveness and patient experience


Support impaired people in their daily life.

Health Admin

Simplify and digitize administrative tasks

DHI Challenges

Are you a healthcare professional, researcher, a startup or an individual with a great idea – we want to hear from you! Implement your ideas & solutions with leading healthcare organizations – and be an active part in innovating the Swiss Healthcare System!

Health Awareness Generation Z


How can we provide the necessary support for young people to take care of their own physical and mental health?

Teenagers and young adults have different needs and understandings of health than older people. Diet, mental health, dealing with ideals of beauty and digital media are just a few examples that show how important early sensitization and awareness of one’s own body are. Gen Z is especially struggling with lower levels of emotional and social well-being and increased mental health issues than older generations.

The goal of this challenge is to understand and address the needs and expectations of young people in terms of health and provide them with adequate tools and support to take care for their own physical and mental health.

Company Health Management


How can companies prevent health-related long-term absences before they occur?

Long-term absences of employees due to health problems are steadily increasing. Therefore, we are looking for solutions that enable employees to perceive their situation at an early stage and communicate it accordingly. Furthermore, we seek solutions to help reduce stress at the workplace.

The goal of this challenge is to prevent long-term absences by identifying employees at risk at an early stage. By giving employers an overall view of the health status of employees in the company they are enabled to identify and proactively support employees at risk.

Preventive Outpatient Care


What kind of services can help us recognize and prevent potential health risks? 

Many diseases can be detected or even prevented at an early stage through regular preventive check-ups and a change of lifestyle.

The goal of this challenge is to support people to receive easily accessible, comprehensible information about their state of health as well as individual outpatient services that feel as simple and natural as taking a car in for servicing.

Health Assessment


How can we simply and comfortably assess one’s overall health condition in order to prevent and detect potential health risks? 

There is no doubt that regular and proper health checks conducted by health experts would be a good thing – for the people receiving the check, but also for the healthcare system itself. Such regular health assessments would significantly help to prevent and detect potential health risks.

The goal of this challenge is to find innovative ways to assess a person’s current health condition as simply and comfortable as possible. 

Employee Case Management

Health Administration

How can we reduce the administrative workload in the event of accidents and illnesses?

The current process in the event of an incapacity to work due to illness or an accident is complicated in its handling. Multiple parties using different types of media (paper, programs, emails etc.) are involved which all need access to the same information. For patients, doctors, service providers, employers, and the insurance company, this represents a major time burden and can result in delayed payouts.

The goal of this challenge is to find a digital solution which manages all information at one central place and helps to coordinate the interaction between these players in a simpler, more efficient, and secure way.

Macular Degeneration

Diagnosis; Treatment; Coping

How can we help newly diagnosed patients of eye-sight threatening diseases to accept their condition and provide them with the necessary support to adapt to their changes in vision and maintain their independent lifestyle to a large extent?

The diagnosis of chronic retinal diseases, which inevitably result in vision loss if not treated, raises many unanswered questions and concerns among patients and their caregivers about how disease progression and necessary adherence to livelong therapy will affect their daily live(s) in the future, e.g. how to prepare their environment accident-proof and prevent self-imposed isolation.

The goal of this challenge is to ensure an independent lifestyle, support applications to health insurance funds and establish an accident-proof household with the aim to relieve the initial anxiety and despair for the patient and make the great burden of their illness more bearable by making them feel less insecure and dependent.

Alzheimer’s Awareness

Diagnosis; Treatment; Coping

How can we support people to have a more open approach to Alzheimer’s Disease and help them to acknowledge symptoms early?

Prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease is steadily increasing due to aging societies in western countries. Many of us will be faced with elderly parents, partners and loved ones that need special care and are unable to manage their lives on their own. Still, dementia is heavily stigmatized and many patients, as well as partners, are in denial of cognitive and behavioral changes.

The goal of this challenge is to address the stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia by developing solutions to sensitize the Swiss people to dementia and provide guidance for patients and partners alike on how to address the topic early and openly.

Patient Journey in Hospital

Diagnosis; Treatment; Coping

How can hospitals understand the individual expectations of their patients better and based on that, deliver the best possible experience?

Patients expect to have more choices about what they want their care experience to be. In order for hospitals to be able to meet individual expectations, they need innovative patient-centric solutions.

The goal of this challenge is to find ideas & solutions along the entire patient journey but especially in the areas of:

  • hospitality services
  • discharge management & patient support to return to everyday life
  • individual care after hospital stay
Health Questionnaire

Health Administration

How can we improve the efficiency and user experience of questionnaires that have to be filled out regularly in the Swiss health system?

Questionnaires are ubiquitous in the health system – to prepare for a doctor’s visit, a blood donation, or a change of health insurance policy. However, filling out those questionnaires is a tedious and sometimes redundant practice.

The goal of this challenge is to identify new and creative ways to provide the necessary information to health experts and therefore improve the user experience of the said practice.  

Why Participate?



Match the need of our health community with your solution and use your chance for a sustainable partnership.



Collaborate with the leading organizations who defined the challenges and co-create in a non-bureaucratic way.



You get access to the knowledge and resources of DHI community members in order to implement and expand your idea.



Increase visibility and expand your reach through the DHI community.

DHI Timeline Innovation Calls 2022

01.09: DEMO DAY


Who can participate in the DHI?

Whether you are a startup, a health care professional, a researcher, or an individual with an idea or insight into how to address one of the DHI challenges, we want to hear from you!

How do I submit my idea?

Challenges will be communicated in the “Call 4 Innovation” April 7th 2022 and ideas can be submitted until deadline 02.06.22

Can other participants see my idea?

No, only our DHI partners can see your idea and will select the top candidates

Who will own the idea?

You will, of course, retain all rights to your solution. Any collaboration with one of our partners will be regulated bilateral. DHI doesn’t take over intellectual property rights.

Can I submit more than one idea?

Yes, you can submit as many ideas as you want to! Simply fill out individual idea forms for each solution you submit

What are the review & selection criteria?

Need: Does the idea address an important problem or need?

Problem-solution fit: Does the idea propose a good solution for addressing the need?

Innovation: Does the idea propose promising new ways to address the need identified?

Feasibility: What is the likelihood that the idea can be brought to life? What is technically & organisationally feasible? Find your right angle

Impact: Does the idea have the potential to change patients’ life or the healthcare system in a meaningful way?

What happens at the end of the program?

At the end of the validation program, we will host a demo day September 1st 2022. This demo day showcases all success stories within the DHI. Further information will be provided soon

How can I contact the project team?

Write us an email and we will get back to you!

DHI Ecosystem Partners

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EIT Health Alumni
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If you have further questions or need more information on our Digital Health Initiative, we are happy to help!