What is personalized health?

The aim of personalized medicine is to exploit the potential of different sets of data related to human health: « -omics » data (genomics, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomics etc.), clinical data from hospitals and medical offices, data from biobanks as well as health data collected by individuals themselves (« self-tracking » data).


Personalised medicine aims to use these data for the optimal medical care of each individual - starting with prevention of disease, to diagnostics and treatment until rehabilitation.


The concept of personalised health goes beyond this aim: the findings from these data will not only benefit individual patients but also the population at large, as they will make it possible to recognise health risks at an early stage and develop appropriate health strategies. 

Public dialogue project

With an online video and survey, and events in German- and French-speaking Switzerland, the Swiss Academies are inviting the public to engage in a dialogue on personalized health.


Further details of the project led by the Science et Cité Foundation are available on the project website in French and German.

SPHN Glossary

A glossary containing all terms relevant to SPHN can be downloaded here.

A main topic for the Swiss Academies


Personalized health is increasingly influencing medicine, and the large-scale collection and analysis of health data raise challenging questions for various scientific disciplines, individuals and society as a whole. Against this background, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have defined personalized health as a main topic to be jointly addressed by the member bodies over the period 2017–2020.

Information portal on naturalsciences.ch


The Forum for Genetic Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) operates an information portal on the topic of personalized health, covering methods and applications, the current state of research, the legal framework, economic aspects, etc. This information is continuously updated and expanded.

Information for patients


The European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) is a pan-European Innovative Medicines Initiative (http://www.imi.europa.eu/) project of 33 organizations with partners from patient organizations, universities and not-for-profit organisations, along with a number of European pharmaceutical companies.


A platform for the public


The "Personalized Health & Society" initiative (SantéPerSo) (website only in French) is based on research projects and an information and exchange platform. It aims to nurture and stimulate debate on the health issues of tomorrow.