THE FUTURE
OF HEALTH

Health is no longer just the absence of illness. Keeping fit, eating healthy and boosting one's physical and mental performance have long since entered the mainstream. Health and well-being have become a global growth market in ageing societies.  

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH AND SELF-OPTIMISATION

Digitalisation is adding tools for self-optimisation that make our well-being and performance individually measurable. The GDI is interested in the pioneers of a new industry who follow more of a hacker mindset than a mindfulness ethos. Will their developments push the boundaries of what it means to be human?

TREND-UPDATES ON HEALTH


Jakub Samochowiec: "In the pandemic, a strong state can be an advantage".

02 February 2022

In an interview with "Migros Magazine", GDI researcher Jakub Samochowiec explains the four scenarios of the study "Are Smartwatches eroding solidariy?" Is the accumulation of of data a logical consequence of digitalisation or is it a danger for society after all? And what role does Corona play in this?

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Are smartwatches eroding solidarity? The Big Government scenario

20 January 2022

In the GDI study "Are smartwatches eroding solidarity? Scenarios for a data-driven healthcare system", four scenarios depict possible changes in the health care system. The Big Government scenario depicts a state with a reward system.

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Open Humans: Medical research with personal data

11 November 2021 

We generate personal data every day, and we know that it is also used - for advertising purposes. With Open Humans, on the other hand, you can voluntarily make your data available for research purposes and become part of a project yourself.

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VIDEOS ON HEALTH

PODCASTS ON HEALTH (in German)

STUDIES

Are Smartwatches Eroding Solidarity?

Scenarios for a data-driven healthcare system

2021

Gene sequencing, pedometers, smart blood pressure monitors – our health is increasingly translated into numbers. This datafication not only promises better prognoses of health trajectories, it also enables more control of behaviour. But how does this new transparency affect the solidarity principle of healthcare?

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Prevention in Transition

Stable routines in unstable times

2021

Celery smoothie or frozen pizza? Forest run or flopping on the sofa? Netflix or a nap? The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many of us to change our habits, for better or worse. What does it take for us to behave healthier? And how do we prevent illness in a sustainable way? These are the questions addressed in this GDI study.

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Next Health

A new way to navigate the healthcare ecosystem

2020 

The main focus of the healthcare system is increasingly shifting from treatment to prevention. This is made possible by technological progress and the increasing amount of data that is now available, according to the GDI study.

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OUR EXPERTS

Karin Frick

Karin Frick is Head of Think Tank and a Member of the Executive Board at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. As an economist, she researches trends and countertrends in business, society and consumption.

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Dr. Jakub Samochowiec

Dr. Jakub Samochowiec is a Senior Researcher and speaker at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He analyses social, economic, and technological changes with a focus on decision, old age, media and consumption.

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