Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN)
Infrastructure building to enable nationwide use and exchange of health data for research

An initiative of the Swiss Government

The Swiss Personalized Health Network is a national initiative under the leadership of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS). In collaboration with the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics it contributes to the development, implementation and validation of coordinated data infrastructures in order to make health-relevant data interoperable and shareable for research in Switzerland. 

SPHN has adopted a federative approach by building upon – and supporting – existing data sources and infrastructures across the country. To make health data interoperable and accessible for research, SPHN rallies all decision-makers from key clinical, research-, research support institutions and patient organizations around the same table.


Report on the consolidation of SPHN infrastructures

SPHN has published a new Academies report. It describes the requirements for a sustainable continuation of the SPHN data infrastructures and of the coordination work after the end of the initiative in 2024. It further summarizes the expectations and needs of the Swiss research community towards the future SPHN-DCC. Read more…

Response of SPHN and SAMS to the recommendations of SSC

SPHN and SAMS published a reply to the statement of the Swiss Science Council (SSC) on the ERI-Dispatch 2025-2028. Read more (German, French)…

SPHN is hiring a Legal Officer

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) coordinates the establishment of data infrastructures for the responsible use of health-related data for research in Switzerland. Starting from 1 January 2024 or upon agreement, the SPHN Implementation Teams are looking for a new team member as Legal Officer. The application deadline has been extended to 20 October 2023. Read more...

Legal framework established for National Data Streams 

SPHN and its partner initiative PHRT from the ETH Domain have reached a major milestone for the National Data Streams: for the NDS 'LUCID' and 'SwissPedHealth', the involved partners have agreed on the contractual framework conditions. They clarify the use of data within the projects and their re-use by third parties. Read more...

Strengthened cross-national collaboration

In a joint two day workshop organized by the German Medizininformatik Initiative (MII), representatives from SPHN, MII (DE) and Health-RI (NL) discussed the achievements, challenges and shared learnings of making health data FAIR for secondary use. A special focus was given to the European Health Data Space. Read more…

The SPHN infrastructures will continue from 2025 on

The Federal Council supports the continuation of the SPHN-DCC as a national competence and coordination center in the area of health data, including the BioMedIT infrastructure and the National Data Streams for the period 2025-2028.  Read more…


Key events and training in the realm of the Swiss Personalized Health Network:

27 September 2023, 11:00-12:00, Online

SPHN Webinar, Hospital IT Series, USB

18 October 2023, 11:00-12:00, Online

SPHN Webinar, Hospital IT Series, USZ

1 November 2023, 11:00-12:00, Online

SPHN Webinar, Hospital IT Series, Inselspital

15 November 2023, 11:00-12:00, Online

SPHN Webinar, Hospital IT Series, CHUV

29 November 2023, 11:00-12:00, Online

SPHN Webinar, Hospital IT Series, HUG

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