The CEO of Epic Systems, one of the leading providers ofelectronic health software, laid out the company's goals for thefuture during the company’s annual users group meeting this week.

Judy Faulkner’s vision for the future of the company — andhealth care records in general — includes improving the resourcesavailable to providers, expanding the data included in a patient’srecord, integrating more closely with benefits providers, andincreasing the patient’s involvement in care.

In 2018, the company plans to implement cognitive computing inthe software portal used by providers to help identify trends andpatterns that could signal drug-abuse risk or predict chronicconditions such as diabetes. It will also add integration withbenefit provider Surescripts to give physicians greatertransparency into the patient’s expected medical costs.

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