Epic Systems Corp. is one of the nation’s biggest providers of electronic health records systems, but CEO Judy Faulkner is calling on her company’s customers — including some of the biggest health care organizations in the U.S. — to think about their patients as more than just a collection of data.
Electronic health records are “so last year,” Faulkner told Epic’s annual users group meeting on Tuesday.
“You have to look at who you are,” she said, and consider a patient’s eating habits, sleep patterns, education, habitat and even issues such as loneliness. They are all factors in a person’s health, she said.
Faulkner — attired in a red wizard’s gown and peaked hat, in keeping with the conference’s theme, “World of Wizards” — struck a wistful note in her address to health care executives.
“Don’t we wish we could wave a magic wand?” she said. “It’s just us people, working together, trying to make things better every day.” Read the full story here.