Weekly OHDSI Digest – April 19, 2021


Please join us Tuesday, April 20, at 11 am ET for our next OHDSI Community Call, which will focus on “Local Impacts of OHDSI.”

We often discuss the global network studies ongoing in OHDSI, but there are important impacts happening within local institutions as well, either through the adoption of the OMOP common data model and/or use of OHDSI tools. We are excited to hear local success stories from Alison Callahan and Jose Posada (Stanford University), Lisa Schilling (University of Colorado Denver), and Karthik Natarajan (Columbia University).

We hope these presentations can be both informative and inspiring for collaborators who are trying to make positive local impacts through OHDSI.

Many of you will have the calendar link in your OHDSI Teams environment. If not, you will need the specific meeting link to access the community call; it will also be posted in the main OHDSI Teams environment. As always, if you can’t make it, the recordings will be posted to both our Community Calls page and the General OHDSI Teams recordings folder.

The next APAC Community Call will be this week (Thursday/Wednesday based on your location) and will focus on regional updates. We will hear from Rae Woong Park and Seng Chan You (South Korea), Hua Xu (China), Tatsuo Hiramatsu (Japan), Nicole Pratt (Australia), Mengling Feng (Singapore) and Jason Hsu (Taiwan). You can access the APAC Community Call on our MSTeams environment (APAC team) or on our APAC OHDSI page (https://www.ohdsi.org/apac/).


GIS-Geographic Information System WG Meeting: Monday, April 19 at 10 am ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Monday at 10 am ET.

OMOP CDM Oncology WG – Genomic Subgroup Meeting: Tuesday, April 20 at 9 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Tuesday at 9 am ET.

Common Data Model WG: Tuesday, April 20 at 1 pm ET: (Meeting Link )
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 1 pm ET.

Women of OHDSI WG: Tuesday, April 20 at 2 pm ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month at 2 pm ET.

OMOP CDM Oncology WG – Outreach/Research Subgroup Meeting: Tuesday, April 20 at 3 pm ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the first and third Tuesday of each month at 3 pm ET.

Vaccine Vocabulary WG: Wednesday, April 21 at 8 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Wednesday at 8am ET. Note: this is a revised meeting link

Data Quality Dashboard Development WG: Wednesday, April 21 at 1 pm ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 1 pm ET.

Latin America WG: Thursday, April 22 at 11 am ET – NOTE: MEETING IS CANCELLED THIS WEEK
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month at 11 am ET.

OMOP CDM Oncology WG – CDM/Vocabulary Subgroup Meeting: Thursday, April 22 at 1 pm ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Thursday at 1 pm ET.

Education WG: Friday, April 23 at 2pm CET (8am ET) (Note: This is a new meeting and the meeting link is TBD)

Phenotype Development and Evaluation WG: Friday, April 23 at 1pm ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 1 pm ET.

Pharmacovigilance Evidence Investigation (PEI) WG: Monday, April 26 at 11:30 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the last Monday of each month at 11:30am ET.


Congratulations to the EHDEN Academy leadership team, as the online learning platform recently reached the 1000-student milestone. You can access the EHDEN Academy here.

Congratulations to Kristin Kostka, who was honored over the weekend with a Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award 1 by her alma mater, Elon University.


Registration for the 2021 Global OHDSI Symposium is now open! More information , as well as a registration link, are now available on OHDSI.org. Registration remains free for the four-day event, which takes place Sept.12-15; however, we also provide registration contribution/optional registration fee tickets as well. We thank you in advance for your support!
All OHDSI activities depend largely on government grants and organization sponsorships; please email symposium@ohdsi.org if you would like to consider sponsorship opportunities for this year’s symposium.

Call for participation for the Collaborator Showcase for this year’s symposium is now open! Please visit the website 2021 OHDSI Collaborator Showcase – OHDSI for information on this year’s showcase, submission details and the submission link. Please note that the deadline to submit your work is Friday, June 18th! As this year’s showcase is a work-in-progress, please continue to check the forum, website and OHDSI Events manager emails for updates as we plan for another successful showcase! We look forward to receiving great submissions this year and we thank the community in advance for its participation!

George Hripcsak shared a presentation on “Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics, Interoperability, and Research” with the ONC Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force last Friday. Community feedback prior to the presentation was appreciated. You can access George’s slides from the presentation here.

EHDEN has launched its fourth open call for European Data Partners, which runs until May 13, 2021. The first three calls combined to welcome 61 data partners across Europe into the EHDEN collaboration. This is a general call across therapeutic areas and diverse types of health data. EHDEN welcomes all applications, but applications from countries not yet (or minimally) represented in the EHDEN Network will be especially welcome.

EHDEN just closed its third call for small-to-medium enterprises to conduct mapping for the network of data partners. While there is still work to be done, the EHDEN leadership was excited about this recent session and how it can build on the current foundation of 26 SMEs working within EHDEN. Congrats to both the EHDEN team and all the SMEs who took part in the call.

The first meeting of the Education Workgroup will be held Friday, April 23, at 8 am ET. There isn’t a meeting link yet, but please check either the Education Workgroup on Teams or the Working Group Calls page on OHDSI.org for updates this week.

The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Columbia University is looking to hire two Clinical Research Data Analysts. The successful candidates will be responsible for curating EHR data from a network of health provider organizations across the country. The candidates will work with Karthik Natarajan , who will present at Tuesday’s community call, and his Research Operations team. The team is looking for data analysts with strong SQL and Python skills, as well as effective interpersonal skills and a passion for advancing large scale observational research.

For more details, and to apply, please check out the following links:

Post #1 https://opportunities.columbia.edu/en-us/job/508179/clinical-research-data-analyst

Post #2 https://opportunities.columbia.edu/en-us/job/510633/clinical-research-data-analyst

Monica Arrue posted an opportunity to join the IOMED data engineering team. IOMED’s products consist of an integrated suite of tools that dramatically simplify the process of clinical research, by structuring clinical data and providing unified and standardized access to it.

The core of your role will be designing, implementing, and testing data extraction and transformation tools on a micro services environment. as well as to collaborate in the development and maintenance of the main products of the company: data processing pipelines, data model transformations, and components of a multi-modal distributed database.

More information and a contact email is available on this forum post.

Work groups listed on the OHDSI website: To get a snapshot of the work group meetings for the month, please visit Upcoming Working Group Calls – OHDSI

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**you can also find the document on our website ohdsi.org under “Collaborate with OHDSI in MS Teams.”

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