A new direction for Epic, and new leaders and products headline recent health information technology vendor news:

* Two National Health System trusts (delivery systems) in the United Kingdom have named Epic Systems Corp. and Hewlett-Packard as preferred vendors for a common technology platform that will include electronic health records, according to The Guardian newspaper. Allscripts and Cerner also were in the running for the contract, Modern Healthcare reports. Business in the UK is becoming more attractive to U.S. vendors now that the NHS is permitting hospitals to select vendors of their choice rather an imposing a small number of state-approved companies to choose from.

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