6 key points on Epic's employee growth in 2015 & projections for 2016

As Epic's presence in the health IT industry continues to grow, so does the company's employee number and physical space.

Here are six things to know about Epic's growth in 2015, as well as growth projections for the upcoming year.

1. The EHR vendor, based in Verona, Wis., added approximately 1,400 employees in the last year, with a workforce now reaching approximately 9,400 employees, Dana Apfel, Epic spokeswoman, told Wisconsin State Journal.

2. In early 2015, Epic announced plans to expand its campus by adding five buildings totaling one-half million square feet of office space. The literature-themed campus expansion is the vendor's fifth one, and will bring a total of 1,600 new offices and 1,500 parking spaces. The first three buildings of the expansion are expected to open in 2016, according to Wisconsin State Journal.

3. Epic is finishing its fourth campus expansion, called Wizards Academy, which is based on the aesthetic of historic university campuses like England's Oxford University and Hogwarts, the fictional school from the "Harry Potter" series. This expansion also adds five buildings, which will house 1,580 offices, according to the report. It also includes a full-size cafeteria, the second on Epic's campus.

4. The growth of Epic employee numbers has called for more roads leading to and from Epic's campus, according to the report. In 2016, a main road in Verona is being expanded to four lanes. "We just need a bigger road because of the traffic," Adam Sayre, planning and development director for Verona, said in the report.

5. Epic's employee growth likely parallels the vendor's growth in market share and demand for products. According to a September KLAS report, Epic was one of just two vendors that did not lose any clients in 2014. The other vendor was Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth.

6. Epic's self-reported numbers indicate the vendor has 355 customers and exchanged 15.3 million patient records on the company's Care Everywhere network in June 2015.

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Rochester Regional Health proposes $14M Epic EHR update
7 of the most colorful quotes from IT leaders in 2015

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