epic special interest group

What is it?

HDAA's Epic SIG meets the fourth Wednesday of every month to discuss analytics issues in and around the Epic electronic health record. The group discusses Cogito and Caboodle optimization, Slicer/Dicer and other analytics products that come with Epic. It also hosts conversations about extracting Epic data into external analytics environments.

In 2022, HDAA brought into the fold an external Microsoft/Epic users group. This group now meets as the HDAA Epic SIG. Its primary focus is still on the marriage of Microsoft tools to Epic data, but the conversations extend to non-Microsoft environments as well.

Epic SIG Advisory Team

  • Peter Ivers Johns Hopkins Medicine, co-chair
  • J.D. Whitlock Dayton Children's Hospital, co-chair

Upcoming events

The next Epic SIG is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2-3pm Eastern. Agenda TBD.

Recently completed events

On January 25, Johns Hopkins Medicine shared their work with WellSpan Health and Microsoft to document a method to access the Caboodle data warehouse (or other large DB). This included: 

  • Full Caboodle model in the cloud (planned but piloted with visits and related tables)
  • Row level security integrated with Epic Reporting groups and Active Directory
  • Incremental daily loads
  • Random sample datasets for developers
  • Sub second response times on reports
  • Report users don’t hit Caboodle, only the morning increments ETL does

On November 30, Dan Ryan of Riverside Healthcare discussed embedding third-party BI tools into Hyperdrive. 

In October, Danny Collins of Genesis HealthCare System discussed harvesting staff-name mentions from patient surveys through Azure.

Click here for the full archive of Epic SIG recordings. Access to HDAA archives is for members only.

Want to join the conversation?

Post a question on the Epic forumAccess is members only.

For more information, or to volunteer for the advisory team, contact Bruce Douglas HDAA Programs