About the OHDSI Center
Who we are
We are the U.S. OHDSI hub for graduate education, research, and administrative and legal support. Based at Northeastern’s Roux Institute in Portland, Maine, we serve as your gateway to a global OHDSI community of epidemiologists, data scientists, clinicians, and learners. We harness high-quality, standardized observational health data to advance care for all.
A global community with worldwide impact
Working together across six continents and 74 countries, OHDSI members transform patient care using transparent research methods and standardized, open-source data.
A U.S. center led by healthcare innovators
Northeastern’s OHDSI Center includes faculty, research scientists, administrators, and staff dedicated to moving the needle in observational health research and education.
OHDSI: An evolving story
U.S. FDA plants seeds of OHDSI
To assess long-term medication risks, the U.S. FDA and pharma companies launch the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership. OMOP uses more than 200 million electronic patient records to evaluate 14 epidemiological study designs.
OMOP findings replicated
Using datasets from Europe, OMOP replicates its original findings. Reproducibility is the holy grail of observational research.
OHDSI coordinating center launched
OMOP’s leaders create an administrative home in New York City for the OHDSI community at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.
First OHDSI symposium and study
Researchers publish an international study to characterize treatment pathways.
China and Korea chapters launched
European Health Data and Evidence Network established
The EHDEN network drives adoption of the OMOP Common Data Model and launches the European chapter and symposium.
Australia, Japan, Singapore chapters launched
OHDSI gains worldwide acceptance
OHDSI’s data network contains 2.1 billion patient records representing 18 countries. U.S., Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and other chapters host annual symposia.
OHDSI Center launched at Northeastern
Northeastern launches the OHDSI Center at its Roux Institute campus in Portland, Maine, the first administrative hub for academic, research, and legal services in the U.S.
Our role as an engine for impact
The OHDSI Center is one of Northeastern’s signature Impact Engines. These cross-disciplinary clusters of faculty, learners, and partners are dedicated to solving interconnected challenges of global importance, such as the lack of transparency and consistency in research that shapes healthcare.