HERON turns 45 with the Kanopolis Release and includes temporal query reuse fix and new concept, IDX Place of Service

The HERON Kanopolis release marks the 45th update to HERON. Over the past 46 months, HERON has grown in terms of data and functionality. Temporal Queries, ability to filter searches through modifiers, and improvements to the Timeline tool are just a few examples of new functionality. HERON continues to grow through the PCORI Greater Plains Collaborative (GPC) work toward standardization of concept hierarchies, and the amount of medical data within HERON has grown from approximately 300 Million in the early releases to over 1.68 Billion medical observations in this release.

HERON Kanopolis new features (concepts):

  • IDX Place of Service, new concept that identifies the physical setting for outpatient/clinic-based services (office, clinic, inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital, emergency room hospital and others).

HERON Kanopolis fixes:

  • Inability to reuse temporal queries
  • Same financial encounter mapping between UHC and O2 data

HERON Kanopolis known issues:

  • 8300 UHC to O2 encounter mappings are lost. The HERON team is troubleshooting this issue.
  • Flowsheets observations decreased due to data clean-up in O2.

The Kanopolis release includes data through November 2014.

Questions about HERON? Join the Frontiers Lunch and Learn which meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 12:00 - 1:30 PM in room 3001D Student Center. Register in advance if possible but drop-ins are welcome.

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

HERON Kanopolis Contents Summary

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

The HERON repository contains approximately 1.68 billion real observations from the hospital, clinics, and research systems:

Observation Patients Source Go-Live Snapshot Issues
Allergy 551K 251K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2014 various*
Cancer Cases 11.4M 76.3K
KUH Cancer Registry 1950s Nov 2014 labels*
Cardiology Labs 22.9M 338K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2014
Demographics 19.9M 2.08M
KUH Billing (O2 via SMS) 1980s Nov 2014 various*
UKP Billing 2000 Nov 2014
31.1K 31.1K Frontiers participant registry Jun 2009 Nov 2014 #2451
195.4K 195.4K Social Security Death Index 1962 Nov 2014
Diagnoses (IDC9) 70.4M 792K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2014 various*
UKP Billing 2000 Nov 2014
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Sept 2014
History 32.9M 429K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2014
Lab Results 153M 371K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 Nov 2014 various*
Medications 157M 439K
KUH/O2/Epic (Organized by VA Class) Nov 2007 Nov 2014 various*
Microbiology 3.40M 29.9K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) Nov 2014 various*
798K 124K Negative 2003 Nov 2014
10.7K 7.94K Positive 2003 Nov 2014
Nursing Observations 853M ?
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2014 various*
Procedure Orders 174M 566K
KUH/O2/Epic 2003 (?) Nov 2014 various*
Procedures (CPT) 13.9M 687K
UKP Billing 2000 Nov 2014 #26
REDCap 1.06M 48.7K
REDCap July 2011 Nov 2014
Reports/Notes 70.8M 416K
KUH/O2/Epic ? Nov 2014
Specimens 126K 9.1K
KUMC Biospecimen Repository ? Nov 2014
Visit Details 81.4M 95K
KUH/O2/Epic Nov 2007 Nov 2014
Hospital Quality Metrics 7.22M 97K
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Q4 2008 Sept 2014 #2911
All 1.68B


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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 heron-admin@kumc.edu 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.

align encounters for hospital encouters; e.g. UHC LOS visit details and flow sheet vitals

Outstanding Problems/Defects/Issues


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