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


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.

Stein Olav Skrøvseth, Conceição Granja, Merethe Drivdal og Thomas Schopf
Stein Olav Skrøvseth, Conceição Granja, Merethe Drivdal and Thomas Schopf from the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research is coordinating the WARIFA project. Photo: Jarl-Stian Olsen


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.


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.