VERONA - Epic CEO horses around at company's annual meeting
In the future, look for more competition for patients, more patient involvement in their own care, and fewer electronic health records providers, Epic Systems Corp. chief executive Judy Faulkner told the company's annual users group meeting Tuesday.
Acquisitions of health IT companies will mushroom, she said, and then announced one of her own: Epic is buying GE, she said, and it will become General Epic.
There were some surprised gasps and a bit of applause. Then Faulkner ’fessed up. “Just kidding,” she said with a laugh, adding, “I hope no one tweeted this.”
Faulkner, who has staunchly maintained the independence of the privately owned Verona electronic health records giant, reiterated she has no plans to join with any other company.
In August, one of Epic’s biggest competitors, Cerner Corp., said it will buy Siemens’ health IT unit for $1.3 billion.