Posts for the month of February 2013

HERON Neosho includes same financial encounter search optimization and text labels for tumor registry

The Neosho update replaces numerical codes with text labels for tumor registry primary site and histology. Support for user-selected outcomes in the multi-cohort analysis tool has been fixed (though initialization issues remain). New UHC data includes low socioeconomic status and admission source.

Previously, limiting searches to the same financial encounter meant increased query times. This release fixes the issue resulting in quicker queries.

HERON Neosho Contents Summary

This month, our tour of rivers and lakes in Kansas honors Neosho River.

The HERON repository contains approximately 1 billion real observations from the hospital, clinics, and research systems:

Observation Patients Source Go-Live Snapshot Issues
Demographics 18.6M 1.95M
KUH Billing (O2 via SMS) 1980s Jan 2013 various*
UKP Billing 2000 Jan 2013
15.4K 15.4K Frontiers participant registry Jun 2009 Jan 2013
187.5K 187.5K Social Security Death Index 1962 Jan 2013
Diagnoses (IDC9) 43.2M 662K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Jan 2013 various*
UKP Billing 2000 Jan 2013
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Sept 2012
History 14.3M 297K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Jan 2013
Medications 79.9M 307K
KUH/O2/Epic (Organized by VA Class) Nov 2007 Jan 2013 various*
Nursing Observations 573M ?
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Jan 2013 various*
Lab Results 84.1M 292K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 Jan 2013 various*
Procedure Orders 115M 446K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) Jan 2013 various*
Procedures (CPT) 10.7M 581K
UKP Billing 2000 Jan 2013
Reports/Notes 36.8M 283K
KUH/O2/Epic ? Jan 2013
Specimens 45.4K 3.88K
KUMC Biospecimen Repository ? Jan 2013
Visit Details 27.8M 533K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Jan 2013
Cancer Cases 9.7M 66.8K
KUH Cancer Registry 1950s Jan 2013 labels*
Hospital Quality Metrics 4.75M 65.2K
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Sept 2012
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Registry (BRCA) 27.6K 161
REDCap July 2011 Jan 2013 #1741
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Some material in the UMLS Metathesaurus is from copyrighted sources of the respective copyright holders. Users of the UMLS Metathesaurus are solely responsible for compliance with any copyright, patent or trademark restrictions and are referred to the copyright, patent or trademark notices appearing in the original sources, all of which are hereby incorporated by reference.

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

Due to in-progress trac access policy issues, this section may be blank for a time.

Include dose (discrete/range) in Medication Order Facts in DUA results
harvest past surgical history
get the Low Socioeconomic Status (low SES) flag from UHC into HERON
Add missing concepts for medical and family history
History hierarchy doesn't have patient counts
multi-cohort survival plugin "run analysis" button unresponsive when "other" outcome is selected
Patients that die 1 day before their 91st birthday on a leap year will have a calculated age of 91 in deid
De-id birthdate incorrectly adjusted for people over 90 who are dead according to Epic
Create top-level medication concept for NO HOME MEDICATIONS

Outstanding Problems/Defects/Issues