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Epic Systems: An Epic timeline
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1979: Human Services Computing Inc. is launched by Judith Faulkner and several partners at 2020 University Ave., with 1.5 employees. It snags early contracts for data analysis with state and local governments and the UW psychology department.

1983: The company introduces Cadence, a software program for scheduling patients. Now with nine employees, it is renamed Epic Systems Corp.

1985: Annual revenues hit the $1 million mark.

1986: Epic relocates to larger offices at 5609 Medical Circle.

1987: Resolute, a system that connects scheduling with billing, is introduced.

1989: Epic signs a key account, Harvard Community Health Plan, for its Cadence system, beating out much larger vendors.

1990: Employee total: 29.

1992: EpicCare, the industry's first Windows-based electronic medical records system, is introduced.

1994: Epic buys and dramatically refashions the old Odana School, 5301 Tokay Blvd., as its new headquarters.

1995: Employee total: 133.

1997: EpicWeb, the foundation product for a suite of Web-based health-care IT programs, is introduced; the company reports $30.9 million in revenue, more than half from EpicCare sales.

1998: Epic offers improved in-patient software to complement "ambulatory" out-patient programs, allowing health-care providers to integrate these applications.

2000: MyChart, which gives patients access to their medical records, is introduced. Epic now has 400 employees and sales reach a reported $50 million.

2001: Hyperspace, which improves the interface between the numerous Epic programs, is introduced.

2002: Epic begins construction of new headquarters west of Verona, 1979 Milky Way.

2003: Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest non-governmental health-care provider, picks Epic as its core vendor in a $1.8 billion IT project. For the fourth year, KLAS Enterprises, an independent IT reviewer for health-care clients, recognizes Epic for having the highest-rated software applications.

2005: Employee total: 2,050.

2006: Epic's revenue is reported at $420 million. Epic Europe is launched in the Netherlands.

2007: KLAS places seven Epic products in its top 20 IT programs; no other vendor has more than two. Revenue is reported at $502 million.

2008: Now with 3,000 employees, Epic begins construction on a second phase of its Verona campus.

Sources: Epic staff, news reports,

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