Posts for the month of April 2013

HERON Smoky Hill release enhances the timeline tool and limits REDCap access

Name and value (if applicable) are now available in the Timeline tool when hovering over an event. This enhancement expands the data analysis capabilities within HERON. For example, if you are interested in when antineoplastics were received in a patient set, you can add the antineoplastics folder to the timeline tool. Upon hovering over each event tic name of the antineoplastic and value if provided is displayed. Previously, users could easily see when the antineoplastic was administered in relation to a diagnosis, but the addition of these labels and values allows the users to see if a patient received more than one antineoplastic type and when that change occurred.

Access to REDCap projects in HERON is now limited to only those users defined in the REDCap project. If a user is not a member of the project, the project will not be visible within the HERON navigation tree to that user. It will be visible to project members who can add the project to queries within HERON.

HERON Smoky Hill Contents Summary

This month, our tour of rivers and lakes in Kansas honors Smoky Hill 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 1.96M
KUH Billing (O2 via SMS) 1980s March 2013 various*
UKP Billing 2000 March 2013
16.2K 16.2K Frontiers participant registry Jun 2009 March 2013
188.1K 188.1K Social Security Death Index 1962 March 2013
Diagnoses (IDC9) 45M 672K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 March 2013 various*
UKP Billing 2000 March 2013
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Dec 2012
History 15.7M 308K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 March 2013
Medications 92M 318K
KUH/O2/Epic (Organized by VA Class) Nov 2007 March 2013 various*
Nursing Observations 597M ?
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 March 2013 various*
Lab Results 86.4M 298K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 March 2013 various*
Order Sets 289K 38.1K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) March 2013 various*
Procedure Orders 120M 455K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) March 2013 various*
Procedures (CPT) 10.9M 589K
UKP Billing 2000 March 2013
REDCap 37.4K 328
REDCap July 2011 March 2013 #2000
Reports/Notes 13.4M 276K
KUH/O2/Epic ? March 2013
Specimens 49.2K 4.12K
KUMC Biospecimen Repository ? March 2013
Visit Details 29.3M 545K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 March 2013
Cancer Cases 9.9M 67.6K
KUH Cancer Registry 1950s March 2013 labels*
Hospital Quality Metrics 5.08M 69.2K
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Dec 2012
All 1.09B


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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.

Simultaneous access to multiple REDCap projects in i2b2

Outstanding Problems/Defects/Issues