Social affairs, health and culture
Objective's measures (1) Networking of participants in the health sector enables made-to-measure health provision
Objective's measures (2) Simplified access to cultural creation and cultural heritage encourages cultural participation
Objective's measures (4) Measures for the action field (7) Statistical indicators All fields of action
Innovative technologies and services promote social participation and integration in the employment market for all
Switzerland is in favour of all its inhabitants having equal-opportunity, barrier-free and non- discriminatory access to innovative technologies and services. In addition, these technologies should be used to dismantle obstacles for older persons, the disabled, people with a migration background and people with special needs, in particular for the socially disadvantaged and those with a limited education, and to facilitate their integration into social and vocational life. In the context of support for application- based international research and development cooperation, the state promotes research into and development of assistance technologies and innovative services targeted at the individual needs of the above-mentioned social groups.
Objective's measures (1)
Networking of participants in the health sector enables made-to-measure health provision
Via the electronic patient dossier, people in Switzerland can access their health data and can make it accessible to the healthcare professionals of their choice independently of place and time; great importance is attached to the protection of personal data. Patients are actively involved in decisions regarding their health habits and their health problems, thereby improving their health-related skills. New technologies and the prudent and trustworthy use of health data promote integration in the healthcare sector as well as qualitatively better, more secure and more efficient processes. This focus on the treatment path of patients can be implemented only if the Confederation, the cantons and private participants cooperate more and coordinate their activities. At the same time the principles of informational self-determination and freedom must retain a high value. Only in this way can it be ensured that social solidarity is not put at risk.
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Simplified access to cultural creation and cultural heritage encourages cultural participation
Digital channels and platforms facilitate access to cultural creativity and cultural heritage and ensure broad social participation in cultural life. The Confederation supports the development, production and dissemination of digital culture and promotes cultural participation and understanding between social, linguistic and cultural communities. The accessibility of the analogue cultural heritage in archives, libraries and museums is improved by digitalisation measures. The long-term availability of the digital cultural heritage in archives, libraries and museums and the transfer of knowledge and networking in relation to transversal projects are guaranteed.
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Measures for the action field
Against the background of social and demographic developments in Switzerland, innovative technologies for older persons, the disabled, people with a migration background and people with special needs are becoming increasingly important. On the positive side: the innovations with new technical possibilities for support and facilitation in everyday life, with the dismantling of obstacles and new possibilities of vocational integration. On the negative side: they can lead to comprehensive surveillance and new obstacles in the employment market with reduced possibilities of employment and greater marginalisation of disabled people. It is therefore crucial that in the course of the application- based development of technology the needs of these groups of people are considered and innovative possibilities of social and vocational integration are supported.
Innovative and intelligent technologies are influencing more and more areas of life and work, for example in the form of telemedicine services or in the area of assistance systems and robotics. Technical specialisation in the health sector means that more and more health specialists from different professional groups are involved in the treatment of patients. Consequently the number of people who must have access to more and more data independently of time and location is increasing. Digitalisation in the health sector demands solutions which are technically interoperable and which consequently enable better networking, integration and coordination of treatment processes. Electronic health services must be further refined and data exchange between health services must be made more efficient in order to guarantee high-quality patient care throughout the treatment chain.
In the cultural sphere, digitalisation offers new possibilities of promoting cultural diversity, facilitating access for all to cultural heritage and, by means of the new technologies, of promoting innovative types of creation, dissemination and appreciation of cultural artefacts. Knowledge transfer and cooperation in the area of transversal digital projects should be supported and understanding between social, linguistic and cultural communities should be strengthened through intensified dialogue with participants.