Short Description

The International Patient Access (IPA) Implementation Guide can serve as the common basis of different national/jurisdictional implementation guides. 

Long Description

The International Patient Access (IPA) Implementation Guide defines a minimal, base set of FHIR profiles specifically intended to be used as-is, or built on top of by countries or jurisdictions that are looking to enable patient access and patient-facing apps accessing data via RESTful FHIR. In addition to profiling a minimal set of FHIR resources, this IG also specifies the use of SMART on FHIR for authentication and authorization.  Consider using this implementation guide as a foundational building block for national or regional FHIR base or patient access specifications, or for multi-national applications and FHIR servers.  The specification also defines the required and recommend RESTful interactions include search parameters.

During this Connectathon we will continue to validate the current specification and discussing and exploring future developments.

Specifically, we intend to

  1. Validate the specification with both server and client implementations.
  2. Continue comparing IPA against known national and regional FHIR base profile specifications.
  3. Strengthen cooperation and bindings between IPA and IPS (International Patient Summary).
  4. Discuss future developments.


Test the IPA implementation guide, educate on the use of the IPA IG

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2023 - 01 International Patient Summary

Call for participants

Track Prerequisites

Track Lead(s)

Track Lead Email(s)

Specification Information

Zulip stream

Track Kick off Call

January 10, 2023, 9 am Eastern Time


Slides from the call

Testing Scenario:

Testing with the Inferno tests - select IPA

System roles: IPA Server

Role 1 Name: Epic FHIR server


Access patient information

Scenario Step 1 Name



Success Criteria:  

Bonus point:


Security and Privacy Considerations: