DevCon 2024 Brought Together Open-Source Community, Envisioned Potential, Possibilities of OHDSI Software

The third annual OHDSI DevCon was held April 26, and it served as an opportunity to connect our global open-source community and discuss ways we can collaborate and continue enhancing the future of OHDSI open-source software.

The first session included a series of lightning talks from a developers’ panel, as well as a series of development updates from the DARWIN EU® initiative. The second session agenda included a series of updates on the OHDSI open-source ecosystem, as well as presentations around a tool for machine learning for healthcare data mapping and management, and knowledge graphs using two tools with example applications in drug surveillance and computational phenotyping.

DevCon co-lead Paul Nagy announced that applications for the 2024-25 Kheiron Cohort are now open and will be accepted through June 1. The program is designed to onboard new contributors into OHDSI to empower them to become active contributors and maintainers. The goals are to: 1) provide career development — including training opportunities within the cohort from OHDSI technical leaders, as well as mentoring from OHDSI leadership — 2) create a global perspective of the ecosystem; 3) build cross-connections between projects; and 4) develop future leaders for OHDSI.

All DevCon 2024 presentations are available via the links below.

DevCon 2024 Agenda


9:00 am-9:15 am ET: Introduction (Adam Black and Paul Nagy) 
9:15 am-10:45 am ET: ETL Developers’ Panel & Lightning Talks (Katy Sadowski)

  • OHDSI/OMOP — The hard way is the easy way! (Vishnu V Chandrabalan MD FRCS)
  • Moving OMOP to the Cloud With DBT and Snowflake (Roger Carlson)
  • Use cases for ORMs in OMOP (Georgina Kennedy)
  • Carrot: code-free OMOP ETL without full data access (Sam Cox)
  • Rabbit-in-a-blender – an ETL pipeline to transform your EMR data into OMOP (Pieter-jan Lammertyn)

10:45 am-12 pm ET: DARWIN EU® Developers Update

  • CDMConnector (Adam Black)
  • PatientProfiles (Mike Du)
  • CohortCharacteristics (Martí Català Sabaté)
  • CohortSurvival (Kim López Güell)

12 pm ET: Break


12:30 pm-1:15 pm ET: OHDSI Ecosystem Updates

  • Techology Advisory Board (Frank DeFalco)
  • Strategus Update (Anthony Sena)
  • Broadsea Update (Lee Evans)
  • Kheiron Training Program Update (Paul Nagy)

1:15 pm-2:00 pm ET: JACKALOPE PLUS The Power of ML for Healthcare Data Mapping & Management (Denys Kaduk)
2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET: An Introduction to Knowledge Graphs using PheKnowLator and OMOP2OBO with Example Applications in Drug Surveillance and Computational Phenotyping (Tiffany Callahan)