Epic changing employees’ travel plans as coronavirus concerns continue

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MADISON, Wis. — Anyone who’s familiar with the Madison area, especially if they’ve been to the Dane County Regional Airport, knows Epic employees are constantly traveling.

According to Business Travel News, Epic spent $51 million on U.S.-booked air in 2018. This put the company on the Corporate Travel Top 100 list for the third year in a row.

With Epic’s software in hundreds of hospitals across the U.S., some of its clients are currently taking care of patients who’ve tested positive for coronavirus.

Providence Regional Medical Center in Snohomish County, Washington, where the nation’s first coronavirus case was identified, is one of the healthcare systems in Epic’s Care Everywhere Network.

Epic said it’s making some travel changes and allowing some employees to work virtually to keep them from contracting the virus.

“The health and safety of our employees and our community is an important priority,” said Barb Hernandez on behalf of Epic. “We’re supporting our staff members worldwide as the situation evolves and making travel adjustments as needed. We’re encouraging our staff to follow precautions at home, at work, and while traveling, such as washing hands regularly. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and update our guidance as necessary.”

Hernandez said the travel changes aren’t being made specifically for the West Coast, and the changes have been minimal so far.

“The vast majority of employees are still traveling to support our customers. All people in Verona are working on the campus,” said Hernandez.

She said no customer timelines are being impacted by the adjustments.