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Judy Faulkner      

Founder & CEO of Epic Systems

Judith "Judy" R. Faulkner is the CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company located in Wisconsin. Faulkner founded Epic Systems in 1979, with the original name of Human Services Computing. In 2013, Forbes called her "the most powerful woman in healthcare", and on the magazine's 2016 list of the world's billionaires she was ranked #722 with a net worth of US $2.4 billion.

Faulkner started Human Services Computing, which later became Epic Systems, shortly after receiving her master's degree. The company began with a $6,000 investment, part of which came from Faulkner's parents. Faulkner and her family currently own 43% of Epic Systems.

Faulkner highlighted a few of the company's recent milestones, one being Epic's move to offer ongoing training for workers struggling with its software, as well as launching Lyceum, a training program to help medical and nursing students learn its software. The company is also looking to expand its databases of patients so that sharing health information for research and treatment purposes becomes easier. This initiative is called Look-Alikes.

Now more than half the U.S. population has its medical information stored in Epic software. Clients include Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins. In June 2014, the company announced a partnership with Apple that allows patients to share biometrics stored in healthcare apps with their doctor through their digital record.

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