EPR Projectathon 2024

The 8th EPR Projectathon will take place from 16th to 20th September 2024 at the Eventforum in Berne. This year's test focus will be on the connection of image archives, exchange formats, such as the new laboratory report, and the connection of primary systems via FHIR interfaces.

External link: List of profiles for testing (131 KB, 05/08/24)

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) will also present the programme DigiSanté during the EPR Projectathon 2024. The programme DigiSanté aims to speed up the digital transformation of the Swiss healthcare system, particularly through various projects on the standardization of health data transfert.

External link: More information on DigiSanté

The EPR Projectathon ...

... is an interoperability and conformity test marathon, similar to the IHE-Connectathon:

For five days, participants can test their own products live on site for interoperability and, if necessary, adapt them to the findings during the event. The EPR reference environment and the test descriptions are available in advance.

... is a practical test for the EPR implementation:

The results of tests with other participants, the central services of the Confederation and the EPR reference environment provide indications of one's own status with regard to EPR interoperability. Peer-to-peer tests and peer-to-reference environment tests show the interaction of the IT components. Group tests simulate use cases from the EPR, for example the opening of an EPR, rights management or cross-community queries.

... does not replace the certification of EPR communities:

The tests around EPR interoperability are voluntary and non-binding for all participants. The EPR Projectathon is an efficient tool, but not a guarantee for a successful certification.

...is not an IHE-Europe Connectathon:

The EPR Projectathon focuses on EPR-specific configurations and clarifications of the IHE profiles - not on the underlying IHE standard profiles. These can be tested at the IHE-Europe Connectathon. At the EPR Projectathon, the simulators of the EPR Reference Environment are available for such basic tests. Unlike the IHE-Europe Connectathon, no test results will be published.

Internal link: More information about the EPR-Projectathon

Internal link: More information on the preparation steps

External link: More information about the IHE-Europe Connectathon


The registration process is opened from 1st to 30th June 2024.

External link: Register now


Interested parties can attend our registration and pre-Projectathon Webinars to ask all their questions on the registration process as well as on the organisation of the EPR Projectathon.

The slides and recording of the presentations are available below:

External link: Registration External link:

External link: External link: Pre-Projectathon Testing

Intended public

Providers of eHealth solutions for EPR communities and providers of primary systems (IT-Systems) for healthcare institutions.

Testing times

  • Monday, 16th Septembre 2024, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Tuesday, 17th Septembre 2024, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday 18th Septembre 2024, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Thursday 19th Septembre 2024, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday 20th Septembre 2024, 9 AM – 12 PM

Venue and transport

The EPR Projectathon 2024 takes place at the Eventforum Bern, Fabrikstrasse 12, 3012 Berne.

Please use public transport whenever possible. A public transport card is usually included with hotel bookings in Berne. You can reach the Eventforum Bern from the train station with the bus n° 20 to the “Länggasse” stop, or the postal bus n° 101 “Kappelenring West” to the “Güterbahnhof” stop. The Eventforum is then only a short walk away.

Parking spots are limited. If you need to come by car, please contact us beforehand: External link: stefan.wyss@e-health-suisse.ch


Participation to the EPR Projectathon 2024 cost 350 CHF per participants (vendors). No reduction is offered for multiple registration by the same company. The fee covers the technical infrastructure, the food and beverages and the invitation to the networking event (Special Event) on Thursday night.

The fee does not cover hotel booking or public transports.

Food and beverages

The organisers provide coffee, tea and water throughout the day, as well as a lunch and two snacks.


Participants to the EPR Projectathon are responsible for booking their own lodgings. On request, eHealth Suisse can provide a list of nearby hotels.


The EPR Projectathon is organised by eHealth Suisse in collaboration with the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and IHE Suisse.


In addition to the main testing event, the participants (vendors) are free to attend several conferences, such as Lightning talks, conferences and workshops.


  • 17.05 - 18.00, Conference: DigiSanté, Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)


  • 8.45 - 9.00, Lightning talk: Share Medication Plan, Daniel Vazquez Rivera, HUG
  • 17.05 - 18.00, Workshop: How to read a FHIR implementation guide & the benefits for software developers, Michaela Ziegler, ahdis AG


  • 8.45 - 9.00, Lightning talk: EPR Masterplan 2028 - Specifications, Beat Gurtner, eHealth Suisse
  • 12.45 - 13.15, Lightning talk: European and Global trends on implementing digital transformation of healthcare information exchange, Alexander Berler, IHE Catalyst
  • 17.05 - 18.00, Conference: Cross Community Access with FHIR API, Oliver Egger, adhis AG & Martin Smock, eHealth Suisse


  • 8.45 - 9.00, Lightning talk: Collaboration on standardization, Adrian Schmid, IHE Suisse & Federas Beratung AG
  • 12.45 - 13.15, Lightning talk: Shared care plan, Claude Muller, CARA 


  • 8.45 - 9.00, Lightning talk: New proxy, new test management in Gazelle, Vincent Hofman, Kereval

Husky Desk

IHE Suisse will present HUSKY in the main testing hall throughout the week.

The Husky project (Heath Usability Key) is intended to provide simplified access to the IHE XDS.b affinity domains, which form the basis of many infrastructures for the exchange of health information (such as the EPR in Switzerland or ELGA in Austria).

This gives developers and providers the opportunity to quickly implement the required IHE profiles and establish a connection to the exchange infrastructures without having to deal with the details of the interfaces and messages.

Special Event

Vendors are invited (free of charge) to a networking evening in Berne on Thursday 19th Septembre 2024.

Specialists from IHE Suisse will give an introduction to the EPR, its technical foundations, and the interoperability in the Swiss eHealth landscape. The event is primarily aimed at people who deal with the EPR in their day-to-day work: eHealth managers from the cantons, communities, hospitals, professional organisations and so on. However, all interested parties are welcome to register.

Registrations will be opened from mid-August.

Testing for laboratories: FOPH CH-ELM Projectathon

The External link: Communicable Diseases Division of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is developing a FHIR API and a FHIR exchange format (External link: CH ELM ) to enable laboratories to send electronically
their observations of notifiable communicable diseases to the FOPH. The CH ELM exchange format is based on the from eHealth Suisse. The Communicable Diseases Division FOPH is actively supporting the onboarding of the laboratories.

Therefore, the FOPH gives all interested parties – in collaboration with eHealth Suisse - the opportunity to test the aforementioned ELM transaction at the next EPR Projectathon.  During
the event, technicians and developers from laboratories or LIS (laboratory information system) manufacturers will be able to exchange directly with specialists from the FOPH on all practical implementation problems linked to the CH-ELM project, as well as test the ELM format and get direct feedbacks. They can also get insights into other FHIR projects (e.g. Internal link: EPR, External link: CH-Lab-Report or External link: CH-Lab-Order ). Experience to date has shown that a project can be significantly accelerated by face-to-face exchange.

The FOPH offers the testing for laboratories as part of the EPR Projectathon from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th September 2024. The FOPH will be onsite with its own system integration team. All interested laboratories and LIS manufacturers may register between 11th July and 23rd August 2024 on the External link: EPR Reference Environment . Before registering, companies need to open a Gazelle account. In case of questions please contact External link: swiss-pat-manager@ihe-catalyst.net and
External link: Thomas.feile@bag.admin.ch External link: (in copy).

Practical information on the location, catering and accommodation can be found in the “Practical information” tab just above.

Photo credits: Raphaël Schaller, External link: raphaelphoto.ch