APAC Symposium

OHDSI APAC – Our Asia-Pacific Community

OHDSI is a global, multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary and open-science network that collaborates to bring out the value of health data through large-scale analytics. Our Asia-Pacific (APAC) community comprises six regional chapters (Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan) and has led important OHDSI initiatives around the world.

The first OHDSI APAC Symposium was held virtually Dec. 5-6, 2020, and it provided an opportunity for our Asia-Pacific collaborators (along with others around the world) to share research, provide community updates, collaborate in regional breakouts or network discussions, and have some OHDSI fun.

The APAC community has its own group in the OHDSI MS Teams environment to promote greater collaboration on our collaborative efforts. It will also be the home of our bi-weekly APAC Community Calls, where we will provide updates, share research presentations, collaborate on topics of shared interest, and plenty more. How can you get involved? First, request access to our MS Teams Environment, then request access to our OHDSI APAC workgroup. You can also join the meetings by using this direct link.

May 8, 2021 – Collaborator Presentations

Theme – Collaborator Showcase Presentation

Meeting contents include:
• OHDSI Updates
• Dr. Anton van der Vegt – Australian real-world research infrastructure pilot (Slides)
• Mui Van Zandt – OHDSI CDM 5.4 Changes

Video Presentations

Dr. Anton van der Vegt 

Mui Van Zandt

Apr. 22, 2021 – Regional Updates

Regional Updates

(full video presentation below summary)

• Nationwide Korean administrative claim data (HIRA)  has been mapped to OMOP-CDM ranging 2010 to 2019 for entire Korean population
• More Korean hospitals including three hospitals in Yonsei University Health System (Severance; Gangnam Severance; Yongin Severance hospital) joined OHDSI with available OMOP-CDM v5.3.1 databases

• Organization change with 3 directions – Training and engagement, Methods and tools, and Clinical studies
• Vocabulary update: mapping local concepts to ICD-10-CN and SNOMED, and ICD-10-CN 6-digit to SNOMED

• Going to start a mapping project for drugs

• OHDSI Taiwan Official website currently under development
• Joined APAC Hypertension study and will join CORAZON study

• Upcoming 2021 ODHSI Australia Webinar Series – CaVa: Populating the OMOP oncology extension directly from clinical data

• Ministry of Health in Singapore will adopt OMOP methodologies for real-world studies

Apr. 8, 2021 – OMOP Projects (Presentations by Yuan Lu and Namki Hong)

Topic – ODHSI APAC OMOP Projects

• Assistant Professor Yuan Lu: Comprehensive comparative effectiveness and safety of second-line antihypertensive agents: Utilizing the LEGEND principles to mobilize collaboration across the OHDSI APAC network

• Professor Namki Hong: Development of Common Data Model for Rare Endocrine Diseases (REDCDM) platform


Yuan Lu

Namki Hong

Mar. 25, 2021 – OHDSI APAC Network Research (Presentation by Lei Feng)

Topic – ODHSI APAC Network Research

Dr. Lei Feng: Treatment Patterns and Risk of Switch to Mania in Bipolar Depressive Patients Treated with Antidepressants: A real world study using the OHDSI Network




Mar. 11, 2021 – Collaborator Showcase (Presentations by Ty Stanford and Jason Hsu)

Theme – Collaborator Showcase

Meeting contents included the following OHDSI presentations:

• Ty Stanford – Mapping to standardized vocabularies: a process for medicine codes in Australia

• Jason Hsu and Alex Aguyen – Introduction of Taipei Medical University Clinical Research Database; TMUCDR – OHDSI CDM Mapping Progress


Stanford | Hsu/Aguyen


Ty Stanford

Jason Hsu

Feb. 25, 2021 – Welcome To The Journey (Helping Our OHDSI Newcomers Get Started)

Theme: Welcome To OHDSI

Meeting contents included:
• Patrick Ryan and Mui Van Zandt introduce the OHDSI community and OHDSI APAC
• OHDSI experience sharing from 3 APAC collaborators
• Q&A from the audience


Jan. 28, 2021 – APAC Community Kickoff Call

Theme: Kickoff & 2021 Goals

Meeting contents included: 
• Introductions to OHDSI APAC community calls
• Introductions to each of the 6 OHDSI APAC chapters
• 2021 OKR goals of OHDSI APAC

View The Presentation Slides


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