Quantified Self - Interface between Lifestyle and Medicine

The use of devices and applications for self-measurement and self-optimization has become widespread in recent years. This trend to self-measure is called "Quantified Self". The goal of the study "Quantified Self - Interface between Lifestyle and Medicine" ("Quantified Self – Schnittstelle zwischen Lifestyle und Medizin") was to analyze the status quo as well as future development of the phenomenon "quantified self" in Switzerland. Implications for social, medical, economic, technical, legal and ethical perspectives for Switzerland were analysed. The project highlighted opportunities and risks and derived recommendations for decision-makers.
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Quantified Self - Interface between Lifestyle and Medicine
2016 - 2017
TA-SWISS Zentrum für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Departement Gesundheit


This new trend "Quantified Self" offers advantages: for example the self-determined and autonomous handling of health and one's own resources. New opportunities arise for health and disease management, for service provision and the health system as a whole. At the same time, however, there are also grey areas, boundaries and barriers which make the use in the medical context more difficult or questionable. Data quality and data protection of the health data collected are often inadequate. The scientific basis of the measurements, the processing and interpretation as well as re-use of the data are often intransparent and not validated. In addition, there is a lack of binding national and international standards and legal provisions to assess the quality and trustworthiness of Quantified Self equipment and services.

IZT Work Package:
The IZT was responsible for researching economic developments as well as for deriving options that are significant for technology assessment.

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Das IZT ist für die Erarbeitung der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklungen verantwortlich sowie für die Ableitung TA-relevanter Handlungsoptionen. 





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