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The Fondation Brocher is an essential player in this vital thinking process: one which will help make us aware of the real challenges in using our resources for maximum impact on the health of the people of the world.



Professor Daniel Wikler, Harvard University


The Brocher Foundation is a Swiss non-profit private foundation  recognized of public interest. Your donations are tax deductible according to the regulations in force.


June 19 - 21, 2017

Algorithm-driven Health Recommendations – A Promising Prospect for Patient Empowerment, or a Means of Digital Paternalism?


The workshop will look at the effects of health recommendations by medical apps on patients’ autonomy, health literacy and empowerment and discuss potentials and challenges of algorithm-based medical advice. We will focus on apps designed as an assistance tool for patients that will allow them to manage their disease better and to improve their often chronic condition in the long run (“medical apps”). These devices pose unique issues differing substantially from mere health-related lifestyle apps applied by healthy persons to promote their general well-being and health. In particular, the participants will discuss ethical, legal and societal challenges of medical advice based on algorithms rather than human medical experience and patients’ values. As a framework, we will discuss general conditions of patient autonomy in the digital age.