Posts for the month of December 2015

HERON Butternut marks 56th HERON release

HERON Butternut is the last release for 2015 and marks the 56th release of HERON. This release involves back-end maintenance. While not visible most users, the fixes will improve the future release processes.

Since the beta release of HERON in March 2011, HERON data has grown to over 2.14 billion clinical observations. This table provides an overview of the growth in data from the March 2011 to December 2015 releases. You will note that only 5 data types were available in March 2011. See the Butternut Content Summary for a listing of currently available data types, including those added since the inaugural release.

2011 Observations 2011 Patients 2015 Observations 2015 Patients
Demographics 7.2M 1.8M 27.1M 2.16M
Diagnosis 2.2M 190K 94M 869K
Medications 18M 60K 219M 509K
Nursing Flowsheets 390M 240K 1B *
Lab results 25M 120K 177M 413K

*Note Total patient counts for Nursing observations are not available due to the amount of time necessary to compile statistics on over 1 billion clinical observations. The patient numbers are available in the nursing flowsheets at the search concept level.

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

HERON Butternut Contents Summary

Our tour of rivers and lakes expands to include bodies of water within the ​Greater Plains Collaborative states. This month honors Butternut Lake.

The HERON repository contains over 2 billion real observations from the hospital, clinics, and research systems:

Observation Patients Source Go-Live Snapshot Issues
Alerts 21.4M 460K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015
Allergy 635K 282K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015 various*
Cancer Cases 18.1M 81.8K
KUH Cancer Registry 1950s Nov 2015 labels*
Cardiology Labs 27.5M 374K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015
Demographics 27.1M 2.16M
KUH Billing (O2 via SMS) 1980s Nov 2015 various*
UKP Billing 2000 Nov 2015
39.9K 39.9K Frontiers participant registry Jun 2009 Nov 2015
207.1K 207.1K Social Security Death Index 1962 Nov 2015
Diagnoses (IDC9, ICD10) 94M 869K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015 various*
UKP Billing 2000 Nov 2015
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Aug 2015
History 46.1M 501K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015
Lab Results 177M 413K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 Nov 2015 various*
Medications 219M 509K
KUH/O2/Epic (Organized by VA Class) Nov 2007 Nov 2015 various*
Microbiology 4.13M 34.6K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) Nov 2015 various*
900K 139K Negative 2003 Nov 2015
14.1K 10K Positive 2003 Nov 2015
National Cardiovascular Data Registry 1.45M 12.3K
NCDR (?) Dec 2014
Nursing Observations 1B ?
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015 various*
Procedure Orders 211M 632K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) Nov 2015 various*
Procedures (CPT) 15.5M 747K
UKP Billing 2000 Nov 2015
REDCap 1.4M 50.2K
REDCap July 2011 Nov 2015
Reports/Notes 104M 485K
KUH/O2/Epic ? Nov 2015
Specimens 137K 9.7K
KUMC Biospecimen Repository ? Jun 2015
Visit Details 102M 1.03M
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2015
Hospital Quality Metrics 8.78M 112K
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Aug 2015 various*
All 2.14B


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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

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Outstanding Problems/Defects/Issues