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OHDSI Standardized Vocabularies Updates & Roadmap

Dear OHDSI Community,

We want to thank everybody who participated in the landscape assessment of the Vocabularies use and needs! The final version of the report is now live and can be found on Teams.

As you heard on the previous Community Calls, in 2023 we want to focus our effort on collaboratively creating more robust, transparent, reliable, timely and documented Vocabularies.

As a part of the Vocabularies improvement process, the OHDSI Coordinating Center established a diverse Committee that governs the Vocabularies maintenance and improvement activities (George Hripcsak, Patrick Ryan, Peter Rijnbeek, Rae Woong Park, Mui Van Zandt and Christian Reich)

One of our goals is to create a more transparent and reliable release cycle. The Vocabulary Team together with the Committee listened to your feedback in the landscape assessment and created a roadmap of the upcoming releases till August 2024.

We will have 3 major releases: August 2023, February 2024 and August 2024.

The planned content of each release can be found on the Vocabularies Wiki page so that you can plan your activities accordingly.

The roadmap has the maintenance activities as well the improvement activities aimed at creating more stable content for Condition domain (the content of SNOMED-CT, ICD family and MedDRA improvements can be found here).

We will have dedicated sessions with the community to discuss the improvements later this year.

Additionally, the roadmap includes building a pipeline for community contribution so that you can bring in your changes to the existing Vocabularies or more seamlessly incorporate your own vocabularies. More details to follow!

Another large piece of the improvement work on the roadmap is quality assurance and quality control. As the Vocabularies grow, we need to establish a comprehensive system to improve their quality based on the existing QA activities. We will have sessions on that as well and will welcome the community with its diverse expertise to contribute its knowledge and ideas.

On the next Vocabulary WG meeting (May 2, 12pm EST) we will discuss the roadmap and its implications for your research and development activities.