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Funding Institutions

The Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) was initiated by overall 10 institutions of higher education at seven different universities and universities of applied sciences across Switzerland.

The Department of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne is made up of three sections: Health Sciences and Health Policy, Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The Department enables scientific research in its fields to be carried out at a high level. It conducts research-based teaching, enables learning in direct connection with science and prepares its students for lifelong learning. It also promotes and develops new and innovative teaching formats.

The Center for Law and Health at the University of Lucerne has the purpose to connect and develop research and teaching in the field of medical and health law. In particular it aims at fostering scientific cooperation across disciplines and faculty boundaries, as well as educating and promoting young academics.

The Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion at the University of Lucerne is specifically dedicated to research, teaching, training and the provision of services in the field of the relationship between law and religion, at the level of national constitutional orders and the international system.

Since 2002 the Public and Health Care Management unit at the University of Lugano has been conducting basic and applied research, as well as providing for the teaching at graduate (with the master in Public Management and Policy, in partnership with Universities of Bern and Lausanne) and post-graduate (with the MAS Net-MEGS, launched in 1999 and with more than 300 trained participants).
The unit conducts research activities in the Public and Health care Management Laboratory, with specific focus on public administration (at the Cantonal, and Local level) and healthcare management (outreaching public and private hospitals, Spitex, Nursing homes, and non-profit organizations). 
The Laboratory collaborates with the Institute of Economics (IdEP, Faculty of Economics) and the Institute of Public Health (IPH, Faculty of Biomedicine). 

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH uniquely combines research, education and services at local, national and international level. We aim to improve the health and well-being of people through a better understanding of disease and health systems and by acting on this knowledge. The department, Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH), provides consultancy and project implementation, project design and management in national, public and global health. As a department of Swiss TPH, the objective of SCIH is to strengthen health systems and improve access to health services with special attention to the most vulnerable groups. We lead and are involved in implementation research projects to identify and address practical problems faced by health systems both in Switzerland and worldwide. Our expertise is in the design and realisation of studies and surveys, including qualitative and quantitative methods, traditional and electronic data collection and biostatistics. Swiss TPH uses its competency in implementation research to reveal evidence-based solutions that improve health systems’ performance, ultimately resulting in expanded access to services and better health outcomes.

The Winterthur Institute of Health Economics at Zurich University of Applied Sciences is a center of competence for economic and business administration issues in the field of health care. The activities of the institute are Health Technology Assessment (HTA), health economic evaluation, health service research, patient classification systems, health policy, strategy and process optimization, market analysis, and integrated care.

The Institute of Physiotherapy at Zurich University of Applied Sciences has a performance mandate in the four areas of academic teaching at bachelor and master level, research and development as well as continuing education and services. It follows the premise of a “Research and Teaching University”.
The institute mainly focuses on physiotherapeutic diagnostics and treatment as well as on physiotherapy in the context of health care. Research priorities are physical activity, supply and implementation research, analysis in the movement laboratory, new technologies as well as research and educational research. The team consists of specialists in physiotherapy, movement science and sports science, psychology and social science, who have broad experience in practice and research at home and abroad.

The Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care (DEASS) at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) has the objective of tackling the complex problems of today’s world more effectively, implementing a range of competences that vary in terms of subject area but that have historically displayed a natural tendency toward integration.
The department also aims at executing its three mandates (first- and second-level university education, continuing education and research) in order to provide specific input to the interpretation of health, economic and social policy issues in Switzerland, focusing particularly on the challenges and needs of citizens, businesses, organizations and public institutions in the territory.

The Information Management Institute at the University of Neuchâtel is active in all aspects of information management, with emphasis on information representation and knowledge extraction. The different projects are built around the model for information representation called ontology, a key aspect of the semantic web.

The Institute of Primary Care at the University of Zurich has the task of familiarizing students at the medical faculty with the work and tasks of general practitioners (GPs), and to strengthen their role in the healthcare system as well as in academic institutions. In research, innovative approaches in diagnostics and therapy are investigated that aim to improve the quality of care. Furthermore, an electronic medical record database serves for multiple health services research issues. 

The Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention (EBPI) at the University of Zurich aims at improving or maintaining the health of the public, by tracking down the causes of illnesses and following their progression through medical data. The EBPI trains the next generation of top research scientists and healthcare professionals in conducting translational research and research projects within a coordinated network, in order to apply findings to medical and public health practice.
Through the Travel Clinic, the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion, as well as Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the EBPI aims to promote health in everyday medical practices for the people in the canton of Zurich and beyond.

The School of Medicine is an institute of the University of St. Gallen with three main research areas: health economics and management, digital health interventions, and medical knowledge and decision support. Current research projects focus on the hospital digitalization process, the empirical evaluation of quality and cost of healthcare, the identification of low-value care, and the management of chronic diseases.

The University Centre for General Medicine and Public Health in Lausanne, known as Unisanté, has 880 employees active in research, academic training, prevention and care. Innovative and unique in Switzerland, it favours interdisciplinarity and the union of competences committed to health issues.

The Research Department of Health Professions at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH consists of the four professional research sections Maternal and Perinatal Health, Physiotherapy research, Nutrition and Dietetics research, and Nursing research as well as the Institute of Health Economics and Health Policy and the Institute of Ageing. Since January 2021, the newly built Competence Centre of Participatory Health Care ensures and consolidates the participatory approaches in our research.
Our research is defined overall by a strong interdisciplinary focus and wide variety of fields offered. This breadth allows us to cooperate and optimize synergies with a diverse range of partners in science, business, and social institutions. A unique characteristic of our research work are the academic and practice partnerships as a strategic instrument for clinical development. This form of cooperation aims to ensure that necessary innovations are implemented, thereby allowing challenges in the healthcare sector to be responded to as early as possible.

Policy Briefs & Stakeholder Dialogues

Each partner institution of the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) is working on a specific topic that will lead to policy briefs and stakeholder dialogues.

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