The HLC will also benefit from a new infrastructure that will bring together experts from academia and industry with various backgrounds to foster synergies between healthy longevity, digital innovation, data management and analytics, and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) specialists at UZH and ZHAW, and design specialists at ZHdK. They will support researchers to address pressing questions in healthy longevity research and digital innovation. HEAL will be embedded in the HLC at UZH and at the Center for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) and Datalab at ZHAW.
As a core element, HEAL relies on the development of the individual data accounts (IDA), a novel, alternative model of data ownership providing full control to the data contributors over the usage of their data, in order to complement anonymized population level data still encountered in health research. This in turn will promote novel data streams, data integration and enrichment approaches and data sharing procedures and, thus, contribute to a richer, more valuable data resource that covers a multitude of domains and scales.