Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin State Journal

There were fancy cupcakes, by the thousands, at Epic Systems Corp. in Verona on March 22 and if there had been candles, they would have burned with 40 flames for Epic founder Judy Faulkner to blow out.

It was the 40th anniversary of the date Epic celebrates as its founding — a company that was among the first to move medical records from voluminous paper files in bulging cabinets to digital records accessible with a few fingertip taps.

In 1979, armed with a master’s degree in computer science from UW-Madison and a bachelor’s in math from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, Faulkner launched Human Services Computing in a basement office of an apartment building at 2020 University Avenue.

Today, the company — long ago renamed Epic Systems Corp. — has 9,800 employees, a sprawling campus in Verona, and $2.9 billion in annual revenue. More than 250 million people worldwide have medical records on software created by Epic, one of the giants in the electronic health records business.

“Epic’s mission statement is: Do good. Basically, that tells the entire message,” said Stephen Dickmann, chief administration officer, who started working at Epic in 1999. Read the full story here.