The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative designed to promote the development of personalized medicine and personalized health in Switzerland. SPHN will lay the foundations that are needed to facilitate research projects in this area such as a system for a nationwide exchange of health-related data.
Efficient collaborations require seamless data interchange across Swiss hospitals and research institutions, however, nationwide standards for molecular and clinical data do not currently exist. At the Data Coordination Centre we provide a framework for standard definition, taking into account data generation, annotation, quality indicators, semantics, interchange and security formats. Our goal is to advance personalized health research by achieving nationwide interoperability.
SPHN aims to develop a dynamic network of distributed interoperable and sharable resources, such as data, platforms, workflows, and competences, while the DCC will coordinate these activities in order to achieve nationwide interoperability.
The DCC is operated by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. SIB also operates a project called BioMedIT, designed to establish a coordinated network of secure regional IT nodes across Swiss universities. This secure network allows researchers to benefit from software workflows, high-performance storage and computing resources when handling large volumes laboratory, imaging, clinical records, omics and other health-related data within the SPHN.
The network of interoperable nodes will be progressively extended as needs arise, for example, when additional data nodes bring in new types of information, or when new specialized computational services are introduced.