Weekly OHDSI Digest-December 19, 2022


Please join us Tuesday, Dec. 20 (11 am ET), for a holiday-themed final call of 2022. We will celebrate the success and fun we had together with games, songs and a session of gratitude offerings around the community. We hope you will join the call with several people you would like to thank for either their personal or professional contributions in 2022. Have some options … once somebody has been thanked, they can’t be thanked again!

Everybody is invited. Calendar invites for our 2022 community calls go out each Friday. If you did not receive one, please use this link to join the meeting. All recordings from these weekly meetings will be posted on both our main OHDSI Teams tenant and on our OHDSI.org Community Calls page.




Congratulations to the OHDSI community in 2022, which set records with 111 publications by 2,057 cumulative authors. You can find all studies from 2022 and before in our publications dashboard, one of the new options in our new community dashboard developed by Paul Nagy and his team this year!


 Northeastern University invites applications for multiple tenured/ tenure-track faculty positions in support of an Impact Engine centered on large-scale observational health data science and informatics to start in the fall of 2023. These faculty will be core members of our Real-World Healthcare Navigator (RWHN) Impact Engine which aims to change how research is translated into clinical practice by establishing a sustainable service that leads the way in fully reproducing health studies (https://impactengines.northeastern.edu/ie/rwhn/). Successful candidates will work closely with the OHDSI Center at Northeastern’s Roux Institute to develop and apply healthcare analytics in the real-world evidence (RWE) area with the goal of improving patient health outcomes. More information and an application link are available here.

 The OHDSI Center at the Roux Institute seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join their team focused on developing statistical methods and applying them to observational data from large-scale federated datasets (e.g. electronic health records and administrative claims data), with specific applications to the safety of biologics. This research will directly improve our ability to use real world data to characterize patient populations, construct population level estimates relating exposures to health outcomes, and to enhance clinical decision making through improved patient-level predictions. More information and an application link are available here.

 FDA/CDER’s Division of Hepatology and Nutrition is seeking a clinician with bioinformatics or biostatistics training to work with the Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI) Team to evaluate large datasets of liver-related data, collaborate on the Team’s review of drugs with hepatotoxicity signals, and help develop informatics-based processes in DILI evaluation across the Agency. Contact Judy Racoosin at judith.racoosin@fda.hhs.gov for information about the application process (that will be through USAJOBS).

• Andrew Williams recently announced two exciting new openings at Tufts Medicine. 1) Senior Project Manager for a multisite multiyear grant standardizing critical care EHR and waveform data. (CHoRUS Bridge2AI) 2) Lead software developer and research data warehouse manager for Tufts Medicine’s OMOP instance and related services. Remote work is possible for both positions. If you have questions, please reach out to Andrew at awilliams15@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

 The Johns Hopkins OHDSI team has just put out an opening for a data scientist/statistical engineer position. The candidate is expected to help create further synergy between the domain expertise of Johns Hopkins’s Precision Medicine Centers of Excellence and the extensive health data network provided through our OHDSI collaboration. More details and an application link are available here.


Thamir AlShammary , an advisor to the President of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), has been an active contributor to the OHDSI community for several years. He collaborates in several workgroups, including Population-Level Estimation, Health Equity and the recently-completed Vaccine Evidence WG, and has been a contributor in several important network studies. He discusses his background, his journey into OHDSI and the impact he has seen, and why OHDSI can be a difference maker in generating trustworthy evidence, tools and best practices within the community, in the latest edition of the Collaborator Spotlight.

• Patrick Ryan introduced the OMOP Common Data Model (CDM) Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) Challenge on the forums in November, and the winner of the challenge will be announced during tomorrow’s community call.

• The EHDEN Consortium announced Monday that 22 data partners from across 13 countries have been selected from the final open call to join the EHDEN data network. The data partners from this call represent almost 200 million patient records, originating from various care settings, adding to the approximately 630 million records with the 166 partners working with EHDEN from the prior six calls.

• The next OHDSI community call will be Jan. 10. You will receive a new call invite after the start of 2023.

OHDSI Social Showcase

 The #OHDSISocialShowcase continues this week, as all the research from the OHDSI Symposium collaborator showcase will be presented on the Twitter and LinkedIn social feeds over the next several months. You can see the research and the respective leads that will be shared this week.

Monday: Leveraging Location Data in OMOP to Incorporate Area Deprivation Index (Xinzhuo Jiang)

Tuesday: Developing objective metrics to diagnose PatientLevelPrediction model designs (Jenna Reps)

Wednesday: ODAP-B: A One-shot Distributed Algorithm for Modified Poisson Regression for Prospective Studies with Binary Data (Lu Li)

Thursday: Characterization of Health by OHDSI Asia-Pacific chapter to identify Temporal Effect of the Pandemic for Cardiovascular Diseases (CHAPTER-CVDs) (Seng Chan You)

Friday: A Pilot Characterization Study Assessing Health Equity in Mental Healthcare Delivery within the State of Georgia (Jacob Zelko)


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