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CommonHealth: A Doctor's Parody Twitter Account Goes Viral07:12

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On this April Fool's Day, we look at a parody Twitter account that's gone viral in the medical community.

No joke: the account @EPICEMRparody has been active for only about a month, and already has almost 13,000 followers. The account regularly posts satirical tweets from the perspective of EPIC, a leading electronic medical records system that's familiar to many in the Boston health care community. Many of the tweets are about frustrations with the system.

The doctor behind the account is choosing to remain anonymous — saying only that he works at a major East Coast hospital — whose permission he does not have to be running a parody account.


Carey Goldberg, editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section, which tweets @commonhealth.

This segment aired on April 1, 2019.


Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.


Walter Wuthmann Twitter Freelance Producer
Walter Wuthmann is a freelance producer for Radio Boston and WBUR's Newscast.


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