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.

See the Governance Structure.

Read the SPHN Factheet.


SPHN in the spotlight of the "health terminal" podcast

In the latest episode of the podcast "health terminal", Dr. Thomas Geiger and Dr. Katrin Crameri explain why the use of health data for research is not a sure-fire success - and how SPHN has helped to overcome some of the hurdles. More information...


SPHN Semantic Interoperability Framework release 2024.1

SPHN releases the 2024.1 edition of the SPHN Semantic Interoperability Framework package, which contains the SPHN Dataset, the SPHN RDF Schema and all necessary components and information for its use. More information...

FOPH research concept “Health 2025-2028”

The research concept Health defines the Confederation's research activities and priorities in the field of health for the years 2025-2028. As an important player in Swiss health research, the role of SPHN is described in layman's terms. More information...

Boosting the digital transformation of the Swiss healthcare system

The Federal Council recently approved the ‘DigiSanté’ program to accelerate the digitalization of the Swiss healthcare system. How this vision can be made a success in Switzerland was further discussed with members of Parliament. Read more..

Report 2023 from the SPHN International Advisory Board

On 19-20 September, we had the pleasure to host our SPHN International Advisory Board for a meeting in Lausanne. As in previous years, the IAB provided highly valuable input on the future directions of SPHN and the DCC beyond 2024. Read more...

SPHN Connector: Public release of our open-source tool

The new release represents a major step forward in simplifying the process of connecting hospitals to the SPHN network and empowering them with enhanced transformation capabilities. Read more…

Open Calls

Researchers working with sensitive health data and interested in submitting proposals for these calls are welcome to utilize SPHN's services. We support with data management (making data FAIR, interoperability, governance) or regarding the secure mobilization, processing and storage of research data (in collaboration with the BioMedIT network). Some services are subject to a fee. We are happy to provide information: contact the SPHN Data Coordination Center...


Key events and trainin in the realm of the Swiss Personalized Health Network

26-29 February 2024 | Leiden NL and Online


22-23 April 2024 | Stockholm

Nordic Precision Medicine Forum 2024

15 May 2024 | Bern

Linked Data Day 2023

27 - 28 August 2024 | Zürich

Personalized Health Technologies 2024

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