Switzerland has so far collected health data on a decentralised basis and often still in analogue form. Yet extended digital collection and the opportunity to share data more easily with stakeholders in the health care ecosystem would potentially improve patient outcomes, making healthcare more efficient and bringing down costs.
However, such digitalisation is a realistic prospect only if the population is willing to make its sensitive personal data available. That means that citizens have to trust both the ecosystem actors and the processes for doing so. In short, without trust, there can be no digitalisation.
The scepticism tends to prevail for the time being, and it is important is to understand the root causes of this scepticism so that they can be addressed without foregoing the benefits of ongoing digitalisation.