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IDX Relinquishes Claims Against UWMF and Epic.

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MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29, 2002

After a year and a half of litigation, IDX dropped its lawsuit against long-time customer University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF), the Foundation's CIO, its VP of Information Systems, and Epic Systems Corporation. The lawsuit was filed after UWMF selected Epic to replace IDX software and was settled yesterday.

The court had earlier rejected IDX's claims that trade secrets were stolen and, on separate occasions, sanctioned IDX for evading discovery. Throughout the case, no court ever found that Epic did anything wrong.

IDX asked the court to enforce its broad confidentiality provision against its customer, UWMF, for discussing information that was publicly available. While the court upheld the provision, the court also stated that public availability of the information "may negate the claim of IDX for damages from the disclosure."

"Epic stood steadfastly by its customer throughout the suit by IDX and together we brought the litigation to a successful conclusion," said Judith R. Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer of Epic. "Epic is an employee-owned company and we are very close to our customers. We have never sued a customer nor can we imagine ever doing so."

"We are happy with the outcome of this case," said Jeffrey Grossman, Chief Executive Officer of UWMF. "We remain extremely pleased with our decision to purchase Epic; it is one we would make again without hesitation."

"We were merging two large and independent physician organizations and the importance of selecting the right software vendor could not be overstated," said Peter Christman, Executive VP of UWMF. "We made the right decision to replace our IDX systems with Epic. The implementation has been smooth, the support has been excellent, and we have seen improvements in our operations for our organization, our staff, and our patients."

Epic is an award-winning developer of integrated inpatient and ambulatory systems. Epic provides the information backbone for many of the largest, most progressive healthcare organizations in the country, linking thousands of concurrent users with a shared source of relevant clinical, access, and financial information. Epic fulfills the promise of an integrated enterprise with optimized workflows, sub-second response times, and unmatched customer service.

UWMF is the non-profit medical education and research organization that supports the clinical practices of the faculty physicians of the UW Medical School.
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