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At Cambridge University.

The CEO and CFO of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in the United Kingdom, resigned  as the health system faced financial troubles, in part connected with  the hospital’s implementation of Epic System Corp.’s electronic health record system.

A Sept. 21 financial report from private-equity firm Baird says, “This is the first Epic EMR implementation in the U.K. and the resignations come amid increasing scrutiny of Cambridge’s deteriorating financial condition.”

Cambridge University Hospitals went live on its new Epic platform Oct. 23, 2014. Part of the implementation included a hardware upgrade led by Hewlett-Packard.

ComputerWeekly reported HP’s upgrade cost about the equivalent of $212 million, and the Epic software  $45 million, with an additional $30 million in other EHR-related expenses

Will there be transatlantic effects of these Epic issues.

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