The EHR4CR project, co-funded by the EU and organiser of this conference, has developed a platform that improves and speeds up the process of clinical trials, anonymously linking to patients' Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Important, since slow clinical trials can be dangerous in case a pandemic breaks out. There is a video and a conference.

Senior doctors in the Guardian stated that "a major outbreak of infectious disease could sweep through the country and leave thousands dead or ill because hospitals cannot test life-saving treatments quickly enough".

The IMI project Electronic Health Records for Clinical Research (EHR4CR) has developed a platform to accelerate and optimise services (e.g. recruitment services) for clinical trials by connecting to the EHR system at each participating hospital securely and with full privacy protection.

Making the process faster

For Pharma this implies reducing the time taken to conduct a clinical trial by many months and speeding up the delivery of innovative medicines to healthcare.

Hospitals will be offered higher efficiency in participating in clinical trials, a potential increase of their research income, as well as an enhancement of their reputation as centres of research.

The EHR4CR services have already been piloted at eleven European hospitals, and are about to be scaled up to a commercially supported service.


To bring stakeholders together and discuss the deployment of the platform, a stakeholder engagement conference will take place on 8-10 April in Brussels. On 9 April, the plenary session will have a special focus on hospitals.

Already over 140 participants from over 20 countries have registered for the event. Director Paul Timmers (ICT for Sustainable & Secure Society, DG Connect) will be one of the speakers.

Watch the video below and visit the project website ( for further details.