WARIFA: Watching the risk factors: Artificial intelligence and the personalized prevention and management of chronic conditions

Description

WARIFA is a four-year research project funded by the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The project is led and coordinated by the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research. The consortium consists of 12 European partners from 6 countries.

Merethe, Thomas og Stein Olav
Merethe Drivdal, Thomas Schopf and Stein Olav Skrøvseth from the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research is coordinating the WARIFA project. Photo: Lene Lundberg

Goals

The goal is to develop a general personalised early risk assessment tool that will be used to support preventive measures and lifestyle changes. The system is based on artificial intelligence and will be available to individuals and patients on the smartphone via the WARIFA app.

Method

The WARIFA app combines automatic processing of both user-generated and other data. This data can give early warning signs on the increased risk of a specific disease. To start preventive measures, the AI tool will provide citizens with a personalized set of recommendations on lifestyle and health education according to the individual risk level. By using the app, the citizens will be motivated to a healthier lifestyle, and those who have an increased risk are recommended to contact the health care system.

The main focus areas of the project are the prevention of melanoma skin cancer by reducing excessive sun exposure, and the prevention of the complications of diabetes by improving lifestyle risk factors such as unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.