Advanced technology in health and wellbeing



Alberto Sanna


Since 1997, Ospedale San Raffaele added among its significant assets a specific research unit oriented to Information Technology applications in the health domain. Today the Advanced Technology in Health & Wellbeing (previously called eServices for life and health) is a research center of Ospedale San Raffaele in Milano (Italy), whose mission is to design, develop and demonstrate the ethical, scientific, economic and technological feasibility of innovative personalized services aiming at promoting well-being and informed choices in daily life. The center for Advanced Technology in Health & Wellbeing are a suite of personalized and trusted added value services delivered on state of the art web-based information platform. The center aims at lowering the invisible cultural, organizational, economic and environmental barriers that hamper stakeholders’ effort towards healthier, greener and fairer behaviours in everyday life, both for Individuals and business/social actors.


Designing and implementing technologies able to collect users information, ensure data privacy and safety and perform personalized activities, need many different expertise. That's why in our center researchers coming from different backgrounds work together in a unique multidisciplinary environment.

18 people work at full time in the Advanced Technology in Health & Wellbeing. Among them there are engineers, developers, technicians, designers, nutritionists and psychologists.


Its unique environment has been field of international ICT research projects in 5th, 6th. 7th and now H2020, European Commission Framework R&D Programs and Italian/Lombardy Region R&D Programs since year 2000, nurturing intense cross-disciplinary collaborations between medical and healthcare professionals, designers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and entrepreneurs across a number of life and health-related fields:
  • in the Smarter and Safer Hospital research line, hospital clinical process re-engineering for Patient Safety, digital media formats for Patient edutainment, integrated logistics services for medication management or catering and surgical robotics;
  • in the Smarter and Healthier Life research line, health education, medication adherence, nutrition, physical activity for prevention and healthier lifestyles have been the domain of innovation;
  • in the Smarter and Healthier City research line, health literacy and edutainment programs in schools, healthier and greener personal mobility in urban environment and wellbeing tourism & leisure.