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Epic faces a critical crossroads 

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Epic’s pulling ahead of competitors: The EHR vendor’s contracts now cover the medical  data of more than 77% of the U.S. population. That runaway success has made Epic — and the ever growing list of tools it sells or builds for its clients — the easy choice for countless hospitals.  But as federal health data sharing rules take full effect in January, the software giant’s grip on health systems and the technologies they adopt could loosen.

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