This Week In OHDSI

The OHDSI community prides itself on global collaboration through open science. As a virtual community with collaborators on six different continents, we have weekly meetings to present research, share information, and keep each other updated on both current and upcoming projects. We hold these meetings on Tuesdays at 11 am ET in our Microsoft Teams environment. If you don’t have access to this, please fill out this form.

You can learn about our weekly calls, including the upcoming schedule of topics, and see materials (videos/slides/shoutouts) from previous calls by visiting our Community Calls page.

OHDSI has a variety of ongoing projects led by workgroups. Each workgroup has its own leadership team which determines the project’s objectives, goals and artifacts to be contributed to the community. Workgroup participation is open to all who have an interest in contributing to the project objectives and goals. Workgroups may be long-standing, strategic objectives or short-term projects to accomplish a specific need in the community. Each of the workgroups has its own home in the Teams environment, and you can get access to these groups by filling out this form (please note that you must have Teams access first, which is available through the first form linked above).

Please use our Upcoming Workgroup Calls page to see the upcoming schedule of calls (and appropriate links), as well as the standard schedule of calls for each group (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.).

The weekly update is below. If you missed any previous updates, or are looking for links to past updates or presentations, they are stored on our weekly Community Calls page.

We hope you will bring your talents, interests, curiosity and enthusiasm to OHDSI by joining both our weekly community calls and the workgroups that most interest you. That is how you #JoinTheJourney

WEEKLY UPDATE • May 4, 2021

The May 4 OHDSI Community Call was our third session dedicated to workgroup updates. Workgroup leads shared recent accomplishments, as well as key objectives for the future. The groups/presenters were GIS – Geographic Information System (Robert Miller); PEI – Pharmacovigilance Evidence Investigation (Erica Voss); UK Biobank/Registry (Maxim Moinat); and Electronic Health Records (Melanie Philofsky).

Updates

The May 4 OHDSI Community Call was our third session dedicated to workgroup updates. Workgroup leads shared recent accomplishments, as well as key objectives for the future. The groups/presenters were GIS – Geographic Information System (Robert Miller); PEI – Pharmacovigilance Evidence Investigation (Erica Voss); UK Biobank/Registry (Maxim Moinat); and Electronic Health Records (Melanie Philofsky).

Updates

• Congratulations to Matthew Spotnitz, George Hripcsak, Patrick Ryan and Karthik Natarajan on this MedRxiv preprint: Characterizing Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection across Claims and Electronic Health Record Databases. Community feedback is appreciated.

• Congratulations to Kristin Kostka, who began her new position as the Director of the OHDSI Center at the Roux Institute at Northeastern University this week.

• Collaborator Evan Minty, a general internist and clinical assistant professor at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary, Canada, was profiled in the latest edition of the OHDSI Collaborator Spotlight. Among the topics Evan discusses is a potential Surgery and Perioperative Medicine workgroup he would like to develop moving forward.

• The next APAC Community Call will be this week (Thursday/Wednesday, depending on your location), and the focus will be collaborator presentations. Dr. Anton van der Vegt will discuss the Australian real-world research infrastructure pilot, while Mui Van Zandt will present on OHDSI CDM 5.4 changes. You can access these calls by using this link, or watch the recordings on our APAC homepage.

• The May 2021 edition of The Journey, OHDSI’s official community newsletter, is now available. Learn more about how OHDSI enhanced its own foundation, while also learning about several global and local studies, the latest EHDEN data partner call, and plenty more. You can subscribe to The Journey here.

• Erasmus MC recently shared a story about the latest EHDEN data call, which includes a €5 million budget available to health data experts wishing to standardize their databases. You can read that piece here.

• Our Janssen R&D Epidemiology friends are hiring two undergraduate or graduate level summer interns to assist with projects in the Observational Health Data Analytics (OHDA) team. A full description is available here, and the application deadline is May 7, 2021. If interested in this position, please send your CV with a brief description of your interest to Rupa Makadia (rmakadia@its.jnj.com).

Presentation Slides

Introduction | Geographic Information System | Pharmacovigilance Evidence Investigation | UK Biobank | Electronic Health Record

Presentation Recordings

GIS – Geographic Information System (Robert Miller, Tufts)

PEI – Pharmacovigilance Evidence Investigation (Erica Voss, Janssen R&D)

UK Biobank/Registry (Maxim Moinat, The Hyve)

Electronic Health Records (Melanie Philofsky, Odysseus
Data Services)