Health data can help to improve the treatment of patients. This is why the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the four university hospitals in the city are creating a joint platform for sharing data of this kind. The BioMedical Informatics Platform will be up and running by 2025.
Health data such as our blood group, weight and body temperature can help to adapt medical treatments as effectively as possible to our individual situation. For example, knowing a patient’s weight is important to allow the right dose of certain medicines to be prescribed and information about their blood group is essential in ensuring that they receive the right blood products.
Modern medical technologies and increasingly fast computer chips make it possible to collect and process more and more information about our bodies. If patients agree to the use of their data for the purposes of medical research, this is when things get exciting. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Vice President Medicine Zurich (UMZH), says: «Large volumes of data are an important basis for precision medicine. They allow patterns to be identified that tell us how diseases develop and which treatments are effective.»