“Where There is No Doctor – A Mobile Health Approach”, Walter Karlen, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Walter Karlen, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Host: Dr. Alexey Tarasov, BioMed X


Universal access to health services is a challenge across the globe due to the lack of trained medical staff, and the increasing cost of health systems. Digital health, and in particular mobile health (mHealth), leverages information and communication technologies (ICT) to decentralize and streamline health services, and facilitate access to basic diagnoses and treatments.

I will present and discuss our recent research on developing a new generation of sensor based mHealth solutions to deliver effective medical services anywhere and anytime by medically inexperienced users. Such systems will benefit patients in low-resource and high-end medical settings alike, which I will illustrate with research projects conducted in Switzerland and emerging countries.

About Walter

Walter Karlen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he is leading the Mobile Health Systems Lab since 2014.

He earned a M.Sc. degree in Micro-Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences from EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. Between 2009 and 2014, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada and at the Biomedical Engineering Research Group at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

He is an awardee of the Rising Stars in Global Health program of Grand Challenges Canada (2012), a Killam laureate (2013), and the recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship (2014). Walter is currently co-leader of the Hochschulmedizin Zurich Flagship SleepLoop project, and manages a number of national and international research projects that aim to improve patient outcomes with intelligent medical systems.