Bedside to Bench to Bedside

Douglas Haggstrom


One of the many maps of Switzerland shown on the night

One of the many maps of Switzerland shown on the night


DayOne Experts Event Report - The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) – making Switzerland a hot bed for research in Precision Medicine and Personalized Health

"Bedside to Bench to Bedside" - this is how Mohamed Bentires described the SPHN/PHRT driver project in Oncology he is helping to lead. The hope is that by facilitating effective use of patient data, SPHN will not only advance research but fundamentally improve how healthcare providers deliver care and interact with patients. The Swiss Sepsis study presented by Adrian Egli also showed how better use of patient data enabled by the SPHN might allow for early sepsis detection, thereby saving lives in the near future.

The first phase of SPHN focuses on building an interoperability infrastructure. While the infrastructure is being built, the scientific “driver projects” help to prioritize standardization efforts and test-drie nationwide interoperabiltiy. This DayOne event featured presentations on the organization of the SPHN initiative itself, as well as two driver projects, detailing their impact today and into the future. These presentations are available on slideshare below.

Following the presentations, there was a lively debate including industry and SPHN participants. The panel covered a broad spectrum of questions, from data semantics, data “ownership”, patient privacy and trust, to the role of hospitals and industry in the SPHN initiative. Many of these questions are tricky and yet to be solved, and the DayOne Experts Event provided a welcome forum where these questions were debated in an open environment. The SPHN is already showing traction and if the collaborative and careful approach shown during the night is anything to go by, it won’t be long before Switzerland really is a hotbed for research in Precision Medicine and Personalized Health.

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