Many experienced leaders in healthcare community, who are yet to fully capitalize the benefits of OHDSI through adoption of OMOP CDM, remember the days when Adobe introduced PDF and how this transformed document sharing or how challenging it was before the days of being unable to share data without a common data format such as CSV across databases.
In Page 21 of “Peer Review of a Report on Strategies to Improve Patient Safety”, National Academy of Sciences’ committee recognizes that [now] “more than 90 percent of physicians and more than 95 percent of hospitals routinely collect data in an EHR. This development fundamentally changes what is feasible and practical, and the committee believes it should heavily influence strategies to improve patient safety going forward.”
Given the very high adoption of EHR, recognizing the commitment, contributions and possibilities of OMOP to generate reliable evidence, I am envisioning the day when the EHR Vendors would have a plug-in/app (as a paid feature or a free feature) or an “Export-to” option for OMOP CDM (which would take of all pertinent elements such as Vocabulary, GITHUB DDLs) instead of making it an intentional (and sometimes arduous effort even with all the help from OHDSI Community) effort by the health care organizations. This will be a substantial quick win for OMOP CDM adoption.
I am sure we have some pioneer EHR Vendors provide this already or could be lobbied by OHDSI Executive Leadership and by OMOP Ambassadors (all of us) using an appeal to their EHR Vendors requesting for an end-to-end jump start enabling feature.
Meantime, I am new to OHDSI and reviewing the resources to equip myself, advocate, and implement OMOP CDM within my organization.
If a direct EHR Export-To OMOP CDM already exists or is in development (to some extent), I will appreciate reference documentation on this, specific to Cerner EHR or Epic EHR.
Thank you so much,
[ Please note that the ideas are not expressed on behalf of my employer and my personal wish to community at large]
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2021. Peer Review of a Report on Strategies to Improve Patient Safety . Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. [https://doi.org/10.17226/26136]