Posts for the month of June 2012

HERON: Hillsdale release incorporates usage statistics and bug fixes

The Hillsdale release makes usage statistics available to HERON users. By clicking on 'Usage Report' you can view monthly query counts and queries by users over time. Average query time improved and we will continue our work on optimization. Marital status now displays correct patient count.

HERON Hillsdale Contents Summary

This month, our tour of rivers and lakes in Kansas honors Hillsdale Lake.

The HERON repository contains approximately 725 million real observations from the hospital, clinics, and research systems:

Observation Patients Source Go-Live Snapshot Issues
Demographics 18.1M 1.91M
KUH Billing (O2 via SMS) 1980s May 2012 various*
UKP Billing 2000 May 2012
10.6K 10.6K Frontiers participant registry Jun 2009 May 2012
184K 184k Social Security Death Index 1962 May 2012
Diagnoses (IDC9) 20.1M 612K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 May 2012 various*
UKP Billing 2000 May 2012
Medications 100M 256K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 May 2012 various*
Nursing Observations 479M ?
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 May 2012 various*
Lab Results 74.6M 264K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 May 2012 various*
Procedures (CPT) 10M 551K
UKP Billing 2000 May 2012
Specimens 30.9K 3.03K
KUMC Biospecimen Repository ? May 2012
Cancer Cases 9.3M 63.5K
KUH Cancer Registry 1950s May 2012 labels*
Hospital Quality Metrics 3.23M 56.9K
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) N/A May 2012
All 725M

Beta Disclaimer

We are providing this early access to obtain feedback from you, the research community. While we are actively working on validating the data loaded into the system with hospital and clinic technical staff, there may be problems with our translation of data from our source systems (HospitalEpicSource and ClinicIdxSource) into HERON.

Please email us at if you discover information you believe may be erroneous.

We are actively working on enhancing the types of data included. Stay tuned to our roadmap to track progress toward upcoming releases.

Various Issues Still Apply

Keep in mind the issues noted in the original HERON beta notice, including:

Enhancements and Problems/Defects/Issues Addressed in this Release

No results

Outstanding Problems/Defects/Issues

Hello to the R User Community

Russ and I are at the R users's conference, useR! 2012 at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

We enjoyed the short course by Bill Venables, the guy who literally wrote the book on modern applied statistics.

I'm about to give my talk on HeronStatsPlugins. Wish me luck!

And stay tuned to KUBMIPresentations for slides and such.

If you'd like our contact info, see the biostatistics faculty and staff.