Posts for the month of July 2014

HERON Hackberry release includes emergency, inpatient and outpatient encounter data

Encounter types, such as inpatient, outpatient and emergency, are located within the Visit Details folder. Including or excluding specific encounter types increases your search precision, especially for common items such as an A1C test, by narrowing your search to a specific type of visit. Procedure tool tips are once again visible in this release.

Join us for the 2nd Annual HERON Fishing Trip, a training workshop on July 28, 2014, 8:00AM - 5:00PM in Dykes Library, Room G026. The workshop will include both classroom and hands-on training covering data types, basic and advanced searching, analysis tools, and future work. Register for the event.

Any publication that results from a project utilizing HERON should cite grant support (CTSA Award # UL1TR000001).

HERON Hackberry Contents Summary

This month, our tour of rivers and lakes in Kansas honors the Hackberry Creek.

The HERON repository contains approximately 1.5 billion real observations from the hospital, clinics, and research systems:

Observation Patients Source Go-Live Snapshot Issues
Allergy 512K 236K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 June 2014 various*
Cancer Cases 10.9M 73.8K
KUH Cancer Registry 1950s June 2014 labels*
Cardiology Labs 20.9M 323K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 June 2014
Demographics 19.6M 2.05M
KUH Billing (O2 via SMS) 1980s June 2014 various*
UKP Billing 2000 June 2014
28.5K 28.5K Frontiers participant registry Jun 2009 June 2014 #2451
193.5K 193.5K Social Security Death Index 1962 June 2014
Diagnoses (IDC9) 63.1M 762K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 June 2014 various*
UKP Billing 2000 June 2014
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 March 2014
History 27.5M 396K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 June 2014
Lab Results 143M 353K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 June 2014 various*
Medications 120M 405K
KUH/O2/Epic (Organized by VA Class) Nov 2007 June 2014 various*
Microbiology 3.14M 27.9K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) June 2014 various*
754K 117K Negative 2003 June 2014
9.6K 7.23K Positive 2003 June 2014
Nursing Observations 785M ?
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 June 2014 various*
Procedure Orders 159M 538K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) June 2014 various*
Procedures (CPT) 13.2M 663K
UKP Billing 2000 June 2014 #26
REDCap .99M 48.5K
REDCap July 2011 June 2014
Reports/Notes 62M 382K
KUH/O2/Epic ? June 2014
Specimens 113K 8.35K
KUMC Biospecimen Repository ? June 2014
Visit Details 62.2M 826K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 June 2014
Hospital Quality Metrics 5.92M 80.2K
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 March 2014
All 1.5B


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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.

Tooltips undefined for procedures in CPT folder

Outstanding Problems/Defects/Issues