Interactive Workshop kickstarted UCLH and NHS Foundation partners’ OHDSI journey

The Hyve provided technical and clinical staff of University College London Hospitals and other National Health Service (NHS) partners a high-level introduction to the OHDSI suite. During the online workshop held in February 2022, we explained the value of OHDSI and introduced them to best practices and key processes.

The challenge

University College London Hospitals (UCLH), part of the National Health Service in the UK, provides first-class acute and specialist care in six hospitals across Central London. Its mission is to deliver top-quality patient care and high-quality education and research. The London hospitals have begun their journey with the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership Common Data Model (OMOP CDM) and Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI), aiming to convert datasets of interest from the Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC) to the OMOP CDM and perform analyses with the OHDSI tools. The audience at UCLH consisted of a mixed audience of both clinical and technical staff, two groups with varying levels of experience with the OMOP CDM. This presented a challenge to our trainers since they had to take this difference in background knowledge into consideration when giving the training.

How we solved it

The Hyve worked with UCLH to streamline and facilitate the adoption process of the various open-source components of the OHDSI stack by providing hands-on training and tailored education.

We provided an interactive workshop that consisted of three online sessions to both the clinical and technical staff at UCLH. Two of our OHDSI experts, Sofia Bazakou and Anne van Winzum, led the training. Live demos and exercises were provided to help the participants absorb and retain the newly acquired knowledge effectively. We also encouraged the participants to ask questions during the workshop. The training provided the participants with quick access to resources and foundational knowledge on the following topics:

  1. The OHDSI community resources, such as the OHDSI forum, working groups, and EHDEN Academy.

  2. Ins and outs of the current OMOP Common Data Model (OMOP CDM v5.3) including a deep dive into the OMOP standardised vocabularies, structure and conventions, and the ontology extension.

  3. An introduction to the OHDSI ETL and data quality tools: White Rabbit, Rabbit in a Hat, Usagi, Data Quality Dashboard, CDM Inspection Report, and Achilles.

  4. The OHDSI analytic toolset, focussing on the main features of Atlas and how to use these when executing an observational health study.

For reference, the participants were provided with all the recordings of the sessions, the presentations, and the answers to the homework.

The outcome

The learning goals of the workshop were to get familiar with the OMOP data structure and analytic tools in order to apply this knowledge in the context of, in particular, hearing health and myeloma.

The workshop provided UCLH staff with a better understanding of the OHDSI suite and the value of OHDSI. The knowledge gained during the workshop provided a much-needed foundation for the six London hospitals in moving forward with their OHDSI journey. For example, during the workshop, we discussed what would be the best way to store pure tone audiometry data in the OMOP CDM.

The workshop was received with great enthusiasm and engagement from the UCLH clinical and technical staff. We are looking forward to seeing the workshop participants attending OHDSI community meetings and actively contributing to the working groups. Their expertise can, for example, prove valuable for the Vocabulary subgroup and improve how hearing test data is stored in the OMOP CDM vocabularies.

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The OHDSI stack is an open-source, modular solution adopted by organizations worldwide, allowing them to turn large scale real-world data resources into reliable and actionable real-world evidence. However, even with the vast range of high-quality educational resources provided by the OHDSI open-source community, the adoption process is not always straightforward.

Our workshops have trained 80+ participants from 12 European and US-based life science organizations that had decided to adopt the OMOP CDM and the OHDSI tool suite. We help bring various stakeholders within an organization to the same level of expertise and understanding of the multi-faceted OHDSI ecosystem.

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Download this draft workshop agenda to get an overview of the topics that are generally covered during the individual sessions, such as the OMOP Common Data Model, the OHDSI tool suite for analytics and data quality assessment, where to find learning and training resources, best practices and common challenges.

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What people say about The Hyve

"The workshops provided by The Hyve were very helpful to understand and perform all the processes needed to transform our cohort data into the common data model (OMOP) and use the cutting-edge OHDSI tools for analyzing observational studies. We are glad to have been introduced to the OHDSI real-world data platform and networks by the experts of The Hyve."

Alexis Sentís Fuster, Epidemiologist at Centre for Epidemiological Studies of Sexually Transmitted Disease and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT)

"The Hyve is one of Europe’s leading technology IT services providers who have established an international reputation within the biomedical informatics domain, from open standards such as OHDSI to working with FAIR principles. With their passionate leadership, they have been involved in numerous projects including the European Health Data & Evidence Network (EHDEN). I have no doubt that all of these projects have benefited greatly from their thinking, insights and hands-on expertise."

Nigel Hughes, Industry Lead at IMI EHDEN Project

"A few years ago, we decided to invest in our institute-wide registry for patients and samples and make that data available to all researchers within our institute. We pursued this avenue together with The Hyve and they have been a tremendous help in developing new features, thinking about possible solutions and maintaining the platform.”

Patrick Kemmeren, Principal Investigator at Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

"The Hyve is the clear choice for institutions looking to maximize the value and impact of their OMOP CDM. Working directly with the maintainers of the OHDSI software tools we use at TrialSpark was a great learning experience that also resulted in tangible improvements to our data quality and analytics tooling. The Hyve engineers' curiosity and dedication is an inspiration to our team and to the broader OHDSI community."

Katy Sadowski, Technical Product Manager at TrialSpark