digitalswitzerland is partnering with the Association Swiss Health Data Space to test the current digital healthcare infrastructure in Switzerland and enable citizens to gain valuable information on their health and thus, take control of it. By participating in this initiative, citizens and healthcare professionals will experience the benefits of the digital side of the healthcare system. They will also identify what is required to improve it through secure and effective use of structured health data with a human-centred focus.
In the 20th century, highly motivated astronauts went through intensive preparatory training to explore space. They showed great willingness to take risks and challenge themselves. What does this have to do with digital health, you might ask? We are looking for pioneers willing to explore the health data space to request and store their own health data. We encourage citizens and healthcare professionals to participate actively by testing and improving the digital healthcare infrastructure themselves – it’s only with the direct involvement of the people that we can ensure that the human is placed at the core of the system.
This so-called “expedition into the health data space” is looking for two types of stakeholders for a rapid digital transformation of the healthcare infrastructure:
- Salutonauts: pioneers (individuals) who want to take ownership of their health data, explore and test the existing health data landscape in Switzerland
- Mediconauts: healthcare professionals who accompany the expedition to use structured data to improve the treatment of their patients and make the process more efficient
Embarking on this expedition as a Salutonaut, you will play an active role and gain much information on your own health. You will do this by:
- Making an informed choice on which electronic patient record (EPR) you would like to open and adopt
- Testing all your personal health data accounts which you are already using (such as Benecura, Compassana, heyPatient, Well Gesundheit etc.) by depositing your health data and exploring the usefulness of other services on offer.
- Having a medical checkup where a Mediconaut – a healthcare professional – will collect 7,000 health data points on your health, which will only be shared with you
- Collecting your health insurance claims from your insurance company
- Logging all your remarks and feedback on the journey in your expedition logbook
- Gathering additional health data from the sensors of your different health devices (e.g. smartwatch) and connect them to your EPR
The costs to become a Salutonaut are 500 CHF. This includes the medical checkup fee as well as the membership fee for the Swiss Health Data Space association.
By becoming an active member of this expedition, you will experience the different health tools, test the current solutions, identify their advantages and help formulate the important regulatory and technical requirements, which are currently lacking to bring the healthcare infrastructure to the next level: a human-centred digital health data space.
This opportunity offers a unique experience to obtain medical history to access new health services for yourself and share it with your family. You will be able to better understand and take control of your health data and make a difference alongside other pioneers.
digitalswitzerland’s Digital Health team is joining the expedition to lead by example and push the barriers of the healthcare system in Switzerland!
Are you interested to join the initiative?
Find additional information about our various activities on our Digital Health programme page.
The Association Swiss Health Data Space creates the legal, technical, economical and organisational conditions necessary for operating a people-centred health data space for the entire of Switzerland and to provide knowledge transfer to promote transparency, acceptance and trust. The association builds on existing solutions and wants to create the right conditions for the future solutions to meet the key technical and functional requirements. The health data spaces which are promoted are compatible with the European Health Data Space.