Project Summary

OHDSI’s mission is to improve health by empowering a community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. As a community, we envision a world in which observational research produces a comprehensive understanding of health and disease.

Currently, many stakeholders in the healthcare community are unaware of how OHDSI’s research and open-source software tools could benefit their work. To spread the mission and work of OHDSI, we are organizing the second annual OHDSI Symposium to be held on September 23, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. The aim of the OHDSI Symposium is to provide patient advocacy groups, researchers, government agency representatives, and others interested in observational research an opportunity to learn more about OHDSI and engage with the OHDSI collaborators. Attendees will learn how the OHDSI community has leveraged standardized observational data, open-source analytical tools, and a collaborative international data network to generate real-world evidence. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input that will shape how an international research community can prioritize its efforts to support patient-centered outcomes research and inform medical decision making.

This one-day event will showcase results from OHDSI’s 2016 network research studies and provide a forum for discussing future research challenges. In addition, this year’s symposium will include interactive demonstrations of the open-source tools that are revolutionizing how medical evidence is generated.

As a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary collaborative, OHDSI seeks to transform all medical decision making from patient- to population-level. Therefore, we believe it is critical to promote and facilitate attendance of patients and patient-advocacy groups at our symposium. To ensure the OHDSI Symposium includes appropriate representation from patient groups, OHDSI will connect with key representatives from PCORI’s Patient-Powered Research Networks (PPRNs). This will be done by reaching out to the many OHDSI collaborators who participate in various PPRNs.

Planning of the 2016 OHDSI Symposium is overseen by the Symposium Planning committee. The committee is made up of OHDSI collaborators from FDA, NIH, Deloitte, Takeda, Evidera, Janssen, Georgia Tech, Maine Medical Center, UC Denver, and Columbia University.

Project Information

George Hripcsak, MD, MS
Columbia University

Key Dates

13 months


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Last updated: November 30, 2022