Focus on the group’s purpose 

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative launched by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) aiming to bring Switzerland to the forefront of research in personalized health.

Since January 2017, the SPHN has brought together university hospitals, universities and schools of higher education, research institutions, and other organisations involved in the area of personalized health across Switzerland.

The role of the SPHN Data Coordination Centre (DCC) is to establish mechanisms enabling nationwide interoperability and sharing of health- related data to lay the foundations needed to facilitate research projects in this area.

The SPHN Data Coordination Centre has three focus areas.

Technical interoperability

The group is operating central services for the SPHN network, managing the national network of secure bioinformatics core facilities (BioMedIT project), and coordinating processes for data exchange and management between hospitals, analytics platforms and research groups.

Definition of National Data Standards

The group is leading the processes necessary to define and implement national data standards by coordinating expert working groups and SPHN Driver Projects. To ensure interoperability and collaborations in the international arena, it also coordinates its activities with international standardisation efforts.

Internal communication and training

The DCC provides platforms for efficient and effective information exchange within the heterogeneous SPHN network. By organising trainings on relevant topics, it contributes to building competences and know-how within the network to be in line with best practices in personalized health research.


Group Members

Torsten Schwede (Head)
Leila Tamara Alexander
Michael Müller-Breckenridge

Kevin Sayers
Silvia Schaub
Sabine Österle