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.


Release of the SPHN Schema Forge

SPHN's new tool to automatically create a comprehensive SPHN-compliant Semantic Web framework (RDF schema, SHACLs, SPARQLs, documentation) from only an Excel Dataset-compliant file. Read more...



SPHN Short Report 2022

Thanks to the collaboration with our numerous partners, the year 2022 was marked by important achievements towards the further consolidation of existing SPHN infrastructures and services. Read our short report 2022 to learn more about SPHN’s activities during the previous year. Read more...


SPHN Dataset and RDF Schema release 2023

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) has released the 2023 version (2023.2) of the SPHN Semantic Interoperability Framework. This latest release sets the foundation for all SPHN National Data Streams and Demonstrator Projects. Read more...


SPHN in Nature Scientific Data

Our article on the technical implementation of the second pillar of SPHN's Interoperability Strategy was published in Nature Scientific Data. In collaboration with our partners from university hospitals, the SPHN Data Coordination Center (DCC) describes the realization of the FAIR principles for sensitive health data to promote the sharing and reuse of scientific data. Read the full paper here...

SPHN supports 11 Demonstrator projects with CHF 4.3M

The supported Demonstrator projects will test infrastructure elements and data resources established in the realm of SPHN to demonstrate their added value for the network and to identify the remaining gaps. Read more…

SPHN FQS now open to researchers from Swiss universities 

Data of more than half a million patients of the five Swiss university hospitals are now searchable in the SPHN Federated Query System (FQS), which is now also open for use by researchers as the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich, with other institutions to be added soon. Read more… 


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

22-25 May 2023, Göteborg, Sweden


12-13 September 2023, Lausanne

Swiss Public Health Conference 2023

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