The Company

Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, the Hospital of San Giovanni Rotondo is an important reality in healthcare at a national and international level, known throughout the world as the Hospital of Padre Pio.

Located a few tens of meters from the Convent of the Capuchin Friars where San Pio da Pietrelcina lived and died, the Hospital is presented as a complex of buildings that covers an extended area of ​​about 100,000 square meters, distributed between the main hospital pole, including the monumental body with the facade covered in white stone, the “John Paul II” Polyclinic and the ISBREMIT Research Center.

The Hospital operates within the Italian National Health Service as a highly specialized religious hospital, recognized as a Scientific Hospitalization and Treatment Institute by decree of the Ministries of Health and of the University and Scientific Research of 16 July 1991.

In addition to carrying out clinical and welfare activities, in close contact with the Ministry of Health and with the most important Italian and European research centres, it is also involved in clinical research, particularly in the field of genetics and hereditary-familial diseases, a field of activity expanded with provision of 5 December 2012 from “Genetic and eroded-familial diseases” to “Genetic diseases, innovative therapies and regenerative medicine”.


The Challenge

The IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza aims to promote the development of a project for the standardization, in the OMOP COMMON DATA MODEL format, of the data relating to patients with diabetes contained in its hospital databases.

For the development of this project, the IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza participated in the European tender 6th Data Partner Call coordinated by the EHDEN Consortium (

The objective of the European tender “6th Data Partner Call” is to convert patient data contained in electronic medical records, registers and other data sources managed by European hospitals, according to the OMOP COMMON DATA MODEL standard, creating an integrated structure of the collected data, facilitating their use for a variety of objectives, improving and accelerating research and decision-making in healthcare, and gaining global advantage.


The solution

Thanks to the experience gained in the field of Big Data integration and Clinical Data Harmonization, DataRiver is able to support healthcare facilities in the process of standardization of health data with respect to the OMOP Common Data Model standard.
DataRiver supported the hospital in carrying out the project, carrying out data cleaning, processing and mapping of data sources according to the OMOP Common Data Model format required by the project.



The IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza has developed the data standardization project of the Center’s patients suffering from type 2 diabetes (T2D) and monogenic diabetic syndromes using the data contained in hospital databases. The aim of the project is to further increase knowledge of the rare diseases being studied through the sharing of data between cutting-edge European research centres, with the aim of improving clinical activity.