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, January 24, 2-3pm Eastern. Agenda: Agenda TBD. The group will not meet in December.

Recently completed events

October and November: Microsoft's Justyna Lucznik gave a two-part overview of Microsoft's new Fabric initiative.

September: Guest speaker Manav Khetarpal, R&D Development Lead at Epic, reviewed the implications of Epic's cloud-based Nebula project. 

In May, the group help an open discussion Epic's annual Expert Group Meeting. The February meeting featured a discussion of Comos and Nebula, led by J.D. Whitlock of Dayton Children's Hospital.

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

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