«SFK MindCare»

«SFK MindCare»: Training of self-awareness and self-regulation for people with an addiction illness

«SFK MindCare»

In collaboration with the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Suchtfachklinik Zürich has developed an app to virtually accompany patients during their stay at the clinic.

The «SFK MindCare» app is primarily aimed at patients of the Suchtfachklinik Zürich. Nonetheless, the app is helpful for any patients suffering from an addiction disorder, even if they are not treated at the Suchtfachklinik Zürich. The app should under no circumstances replace personal counselling and individual treatment.

From the therapeutic point of view, the app primarily aims to school self-awareness and to provide useful strategies for self-regulation.The app offers the following functions:

  • Diary for craving, tension and thoughts
  • Graphical progress view of the diary entries
  • Mindfulness, meditation and relaxation exercises (audio and text instructions)
  • Advice on how to regulate craving and tension
  • Assistance in identifying the emotional state
  • Optional reminders for diary entries
  • For patients of the Suchtfachklinik Zürich: Emergency number

Access to the data is restricted to the users of the app. The data which patients generate by using the app are encrypted and securely stored on the MIDATA platform. Upon request, the holders of the data account can share their data with the caregivers of the Suchtfachklinik Zürich. This allows the caregivers to follow the progress of their patients via web application.

Download the «Ally Science» app from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay.



Mandate management

Harald Schmid
Städtische Gesundheitsdienste

Development BFH

François von Kaenel
Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH
Institut für Medizininformatik I4MI

Project management SGD

Nicole Schmid
Städtische Gesundheitsdienste

Project management BFH

Dr. Stephan Nüssli
Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH
Institute for Medical lnformatics I4MI

Project partners

The MIDATA data platform enables members of the public to compile their health records in a secure personal account free of charge and to determine if and how they are used in research projects. In this way, they can act as «citizen scientists», making an active contribution to medical research.
MIDATA serves as a data repository for its members and other participating members of the public. It is a non-profit cooperative facility that operates without offering financial incentives, similarly to blood donation services, for instance. The account holders are not paid for their intentional and voluntary «data donation». The revenue generated from the integration of their data into a scientific study is reinvested in the services offered on the platform and in a variety of smaller research projects. Start-ups, IT service providers and research groups can use the platform to offer mobile apps, such as health apps or apps for treating and monitoring patients with chronic illnesses. MIDATA is currently being used in a number of scientific health projects. In one particular project being conducted at University Hospital Zurich, for example, multiple sclerosis patients are being included in a study into the effect of treatments, which uses a tablet app to test their cognitive and motor skills. A further project, currently in development at ETH Zurich, will look at different training methods and the impact they have on muscle growth. More and more projects are being run that are directed at a wide section of the population and are of value to many – as is the case with the «Ally Science» project.


The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) offers an innovative didactic approach aimed at teaching, R&D and continuous training, using practical exercises to prepare students for professional activities in which scientific knowledge and methods are required.
The Suchtfachklinik Zürich is an institution of the Städtische Gesundheitsdienste (SGD) which are part of the Department of Health and Environment of the City of Zurich.
The Suchtfachklinik Zürich provides people with a dependency disorder with new perspectives for positive change. The clinic offers inpatient, day-care and outpatient care. Patients receive a wide range of psychiatric, psychotherapeutic, general medical and agogical treatments.