Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SAS's ZipCityDistance() function

I knew SAS could do just about anything but I didn't realize there was a function for counting the miles between zipcodes.
Below an example taken from a listserv at work,
data _null_;
            distance=zipcitydistance('94103', '04401');
            put 'Distance from San Francisco, CA, to Bangor, ME: ' distance 4.' miles';

Monday, November 25, 2013

Healthcare IT News: Epic to open source code to OHSU

Via Healthcare IT News,

Epic Systems Corp. will build two laboratory installations of its EpicCare electronic health record at Oregon Health & Science University for medical informatics education and research purposes. On the research side, the school will have access to Epic's source code.

This is Epic's first partnership with an academic informatics program and possibly an important turning point for the company. While Epic does release its source code to commercial customers, it historically has conducted research and development almost exclusively on its sprawling campus in Verona, Wis., where all of its employees are based.
"It's a little bit of a change for Epic," said William Hersh, MD, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU in Portland, Ore. Hersh said it took several years of cajoling to get the vendor to commit to an academic partnership.

 Cajoing indeed....