11 Epic stories worth reading again

The EHR giant often serves as lightning rod in health IT
By Bernie Monegain
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Whether you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in between, the Verona, Wis.-based EHR vendor and its Baby Boomer founder Judy Faulkner are guaranteed to generate lively discussion. Here are 11 Epic news stories from 2015 we think you'll find still compelling the second time around.

Whether you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in between, the Verona, Wis.-based EHR vendor and its Baby Boomer founder Judy Faulkner are guaranteed to generate lively discussion. Here are 11 Epic news stories from 2015 we think you'll find still compelling the second time around.

Epic, IBM reveal advisors for DoD bid
Epic and IBM teamed up to win the massive federal contract to replace the Department of Defense's ailing electronic health record system that eventually was award to Cerner, Leidos and Accenture. On Jan. 9, 2015, they pair revealed that they would not be going it alone: They'd recruited a small army of healthcare experts -- including a CIO and a patient advocate -- to help give them an edge.

Mayo Clinic moves to Epic
"We're confident in choosing Epic as our strategic partner as we continue to enhance Mayo Clinic's excellence in health care and medical innovation," said  said John Noseworthy, MD, Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, in announcing one of the most momentous EHR deals of the year.

Mayo Clinic CIO explains switch from Cerner to Epic
In an interview with Healthcare IT News, Mayo Clinic CIO Cris Ross said the health system would approach the EHR implementation "humbly and with respect. This is a big project. And we're sure it will be successful. But only if we do it with the right amount of care."

Epic takes back 'Best in KLAS' title
"Last year, athenahealth toppled long-favored Epic from its No. 1 spot on the 2013 Best in KLAS list. This year is a different story, with Epic tops in two of three overall categories: Overall Physician Practice Vendor and Overall Software Suite."

What does InterSystems' Caché have to do with Epic's EHR
The connection between Cambridge, Mass.-based InterSystems and Epic Systems goes way back – to even before Epic CEO Judy Faulkner founded her company.

Epic grabs VA software contract
Epic may have lost out on the Defense Department's massive modernization contract, but it could console itself with a five-year $624 million contract with Department of Veterans Affairs.

Former hospital CEO calls for Epic antitrust probe
In Auguest, the former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center called on the Massachusetts attorney general to look into the relationship between Epic and Partners HealthCare, claiming its electronic health record helps "box out the competition."

FHIRWorks rocks the Epic campus
Developers and users were "shoulder to shoulder" at an event on the Epic campus this October. End user innovation was key to Epic's appeal, President Carl Dvorak told Healthcare IT News: "They can innovate on it as a platform, as well as use it as an application."

Walgreens goes to Epic for EHR
Walgreens announced in November that it would roll out Epic EHRs in its more than 400 healthcare clinics across the country.

Q&A: Epic President Carl Dvorak
"We are making significant investments in research and development around the broader issues relating to population health," Dvorak told Healthcare IT News.

Epic scores EHR contract from Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a pioneers in building its own software systems, announced it would switch to an Epic electronic health record in November 2017, having weighed the merits of both Epic and Cerner, the hospital announced earlier this month.