Epic Systems, the Verona, Wisc.-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, settled a dispute with former employees that wanted to go into consulting as well a separate issue over overtime pay, according to a report in Isthmus.
The noncompete clause dispute occurred when former Epic employees wanted to work at Vonlay, a Middleton, Wisc.-based consultancy that was recently bought by the Chicago-based Huron Consulting. After the acquisition closed, Epic upped its noncompete clause to two years for those going to Huron, much to the dismay of health IT professionals in the Madison area. According to the Isthmus article, Epic agreed to revert the clause to a one-year term.
Separately, a lawsuit against Epic on overtime pay, filed late last year, was also recently settled. The plaintiffs were awarded $5.4 million, although Isthmus reports that Epic did not admit guilt.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.
Healthcare organizations are once again urging U.S. Senate and House leaders to protect the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from more budget cuts for 2017.