EHDEN launches the 4th and final open call for SMEs

Following three successful open calls, EHDEN launches the 4th and final open call for SMEs to apply for training and certification on converting health data from various formats to the OMOP common data model.

Today, in Europe, we are challenged to generate insights and evidence from real world clinical data at scale, to support patients, clinicians, payers, regulators, governments, and the pharmaceutical industry in understanding wellbeing, disease, treatments, outcomes and new therapeutics and devices, let alone mandatory evidence requests. Unfortunately, such data is difficult to use at scale, in a myriad of languages, systems and structures, with challenging policy restrictions and technology considerations, especially in Europe, currently demonstrated unfortunately by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to this, the EHDEN public-private project was set up in 2018 for 66 months under the framework of IMI2, with twenty-three partners, including academia, SMEs, patient associations, regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical companies, led by Erasmus Medical Centre, The Netherlands, and Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium. The ultimate aim is to be sustainable beyond the original 66 months, and the project launched a legal entity in 2021.

The mission of EHDEN is to provide a new paradigm for the discovery and analysis of health data throughout Europe, by building a large-scale, federated network of data sources harmonised to the OMOP common data model, with standardised analytical pipelines. EHDEN is to harmonising more than 500 million health records utilising the services of EHDEN-certified SMEs to conduct the mapping working with the data source locally. EHDEN has previously conducted three open calls to invite SMEs to be certified by the project, and 5 open calls for data sources to apply for a capped grant to support the mapping work with EHDEN certified SMEs (two final Data Partner calls will be held in 2022). As of today, EHDEN is currently working with 140 Data Partners in 16 countries, and 47 SMEs in 19 countries across Europe.

To further extend our network of certified SMEs, we are now launching the 4th and final open call for SMEs to apply for training and certification to convert health data from various formats to the OMOP common data model. This 4th open call will run from Tuesday 15th of March until Wednesday 13th of April (17h00 CET).

By becoming a certified SME in the EHDEN community you can:

  • Expand your existing market:
    • Customer base and geographical reach
    • Range of services and products
  • Contribute to the creation of emerging, new markets for data sciences
    • Health data mapping to the OMOP CDM
    • Data analysis services for small and medium biomedical companies
    • Infrastructure design and deployment
    • Enabler of high throughput studies by bridging data users and providers
    • Training on the use of OHDSI tools and observational analyses
    • Ongoing support and maintenance of connected data and provided solutions
  • Gain a competitive advantage on specialised skill set as an early adopter
  • Potentially contribute to a change of paradigm benefitting health of citizens
  • Generate a short-term income to offset skill investment
  • Receive free training and certification
  • Become part of an open source community to further boost business opportunities
  • Have access to a thriving community facilitating hands-on training of new staff
  • Increase exposure and brand recognition with key stakeholders

If this exciting prospect interests you, visit the SME call page for more details and to submit your application. The EHDEN Consortium is looking forward to your potential application and to collaborate with you.