Weekly OHDSI Digest – June 21, 2021


Please join us Tuesday, June 22 (11 am ET) for a community brainstorm on how OHDSI can make an impact in the area of Health Equity. We will focus the conversation around two main topics:

  1. What are the biggest challenges in the area of health equity research?
  2. How can/should OHDSI, and specifically the OHDSI Health Equity Workgroup, make an impact around this important topic?

Similar to our breakout sessions, we hope this session will lead to an open conversation of shared thoughts, questions and ideas. We will have three community members serve as moderators for this meeting:

• Noémie Elhadad (Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics; Vice Chair, Research, Columbia University)

• Jake Gillberg (Health Equity WG Lead; Software Development Analyst, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute)

• Jody-Ann McLeggon (Program Manager, OHDSI and Columbia University)

Patrick Ryan began the dialogue with a post on a new Health Equity Brainstorm channel in the general OHDSI post. Please give it a read before Tuesday’s call, and please engage in the session through the conversation, chat, or a Health Equity whiteboard we have set up for the session.

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.


GIS-Geographic Information System WG Meeting: Monday, June 21 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, June 22 at 9 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Tuesday at 9 am ET.

Psychiatry WG: Thursday, June 24 at 8 am ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every other Thursday at 8 am ET.

**Latin America WG: Thursday, June 24 at 11 am ET ([Meeting Link] MEETING IS CANCELLED
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month at 11 am ET.

OMOP CDM Oncology WG – CDM/Vocabulary Subgroup Meeting: Thursday, June 24 at 1 pm ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Thursday at 1 pm ET.

Clinical Trials WG: Friday, June 25 at 10 am ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every other Friday at 10 am ET.

Electronic Health Record WG: Friday, June 25 at 10 am ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every other Friday at 10 am ET.

Phenotype Development and Evaluation WG: Friday, June 25 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, June 28 at 11:30 am ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the last Monday of each month at 11:30am ET.


Congratulations to Junghwan Lee, Cong Liu, Jae Hyun Kim, Alex Butler, Ning Shang, Chao Pang, Karthik Natarajan, Patrick Ryan, Casey Ta, and Chunhua Weng, for this recent study “Comparative effectiveness of medical concept embedding for feature engineering in phenotyping” that was published recently in JAMIA Open.

Congratulations to the EHDEN Consortium, which added 41 new data partners in its most recent open call. Seven new European nations (Greece, Bulgaria, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Luxembourg) will join a network that will include 101 data partners when harmonization has competed this fall. EHDEN was also pleased to welcome 12 new data partners which have a focus on oncology.


The next edition of the CBER BEST Initiative Seminar Series will be this Wednesday, July 28, at 11 am. Jessica Gronsbell (University of Toronto) will present a talk on “Statistical learning with electronic health records data.” The seminar series is open to everybody. More information and a registration link is available here.

On July 6, we will have a community call focused on getting to know some newer members of the community. Many of you may have found OHDSI within the last year, and you may even participate in some studies or workgroups, but we would like to give people the opportunity to introduce themselves to the broader community. We would enjoy hearing how you got here and how you hope to become involved in the community, and also how you hope the community can help you. If you would be interested in taking part in this, please reach out to Craig Sachson, who is planning the session.

The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2021 OHDSI Global Symposium has passed, and we received more than 110 submissions this year. The Scientific Review Committee will begin studying the submissions this week. If you have been selected to present your work for the 2021 Symposium Collaborators Showcase, you will be notified via email by Monday, August 2.

Registration for the 2021 Global OHDSI Symposium is open! To register for the 2021 Global OHDSI Symposium, please click here

Sponsorship: 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

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

Accessing MSTeams: To join OHDSI Teams, please fill out this form: Join OHDSI Teams
If you are already in the OHDSI teams environment and you would like to join work groups in teams, please fill out this form: Join Workgroups, Chapters, and Studies

Teams Best Practices and Guidance : For guidance on MS Teams, please log into OHDSI Teams and check out this channel located in the OHDSI Team Teams Best Practices and Guidance
**you can also find the document on our website ohdsi.org under “Collaborate with OHDSI in MS Teams.”

Please continue to collaborate in our MS Teams environment, check out the OHDSI website and forums, and follow us on all platforms, including Twitter and LinkedIn to get continued updates and information on everything happening in our community.