2018 OHDSI Symposium

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Date(s) - 10/12/2018
All Day

Bethesda North Marriott

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OHDSI’s mission is to improve health, by empowering a community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. As a community we envision a world in which observational research produces a comprehensive understanding of health and disease. OHDSI promotes a collaborative approach to research and has rapidly grown into a vibrant international community. Everyone is welcome to actively participate in OHDSI, whether as a patient, a health professional, a researcher, or someone who simply believes in our cause

The fourth annual OHDSI symposium will promote this vision and provide OHDSI collaborators an opportunity to share our accomplishments with the broader healthcare community. The day will include a collaborator showcase involving a poster session to highlight OHDSI’s research achievements and interactive demonstrations of OHDSI’s open-source software tools that will revolutionize how medical evidence is generated.

The 2018 OHDSI symposium will take place on Friday, October 12th at the at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, located at 5701 Marinelli Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Tutorials will also be offered on Thursday, October 11th and Saturday, October 13th. Registration for tutorials will be separate from registration for the main symposium. Tutorial workshop registration is now open.

There is no fee to attend the symposium.

Who Should Attend

Stakeholders from the following organizations who would benefit from the presentations and discussions during and following this event, include but are not limited to:

  • AMIA, Technology and Software developers
  • Academia, Centers of Excellence
  • Groups involved in the discovery of new pathways for treatment of cancer and other diseases
  • Pharmaceutical and Device Industry
  • Health-care start-ups, Healthcare payers and providers
  • Clinicians, Patients, and Disease-focused Patient Advocates and Foundations
  • Data standardization organizations

Stakeholders include:

  • People most interested in addressing these issues, because they are the most directly affected by the problems.
  • Senior management interested in breaking the cycle


The 2018 OHDSI Symposium agenda is available here:


Collaborator Showcase

OHDSI’s achievements to date would not be possible if not for the hard work of our growing community members. Our annual collaborator showcase provides collaborators the opportunity to showcase their tremendous work.

Once again we’ll be inviting collaborators to participate in the collaborator showcase. Collaborators will have the opportunity to submit abstracts for poster presentations, software demonstrations and oral presentations.

Topics of interest include:
– Observational data standards and management
– Methodological research
– Open-source analytics development
– Clinical research from OHDSI’s analytic use cases:
– Clinical characterization
– Population-level estimation
– Patient-level prediction


Tutorial Workshops

There will be (6) workshops offered at the 2018 OHDSI Symposium. The (2) introductory courses are offered on Thursday, Oct 11th; the (4) advanced workshops are offered on Saturday, Oct. 13th. Please click on the blue button below to learn more about the tutorial workshops.

Tutorial Workshop Page

To learn more about our 2018 tutorial faculty, click below:

Tutorial Faculty


Symposium registration is now closed.

Symposium Handouts

Symposium Agenda
Poster Presentations
Software Demonstrations
Lightning Talks
Symposium Sponsors
OHDSI Bibliography

Past Symposia

2017 OHDSI Symposium
2016 OHDSI Symposium
2015 OHDSI Symposium

Thanks to all of our sponsors for their continued support of OHDSI’s mission. Sponsors of the 2018 symposium are listed below.evidnecase