Does Apple Computers need Epic Systems?

CNBC’s Jim Cramer is known to offer provocative ideas, but Apple Computers buying the Verona-based Epic Systems?

Stranger things have happened, but Cramer seems to think the “Empire that Jobs Built” needs Epic to prove to investors that it can operate in a different space (health care and electronic medical records) and that it’s not the dinosaur some investors appear to think.

A report in the Wisconsin State Journal outlines Cramer’s thought process on this corporate matchmaking.

So, does Apple need Epic? Better put, does Epic need Apple? Perhaps only Epic founder Judy Faulkner knows for sure, but she has expressed an interest in maintaining the company’s privately held status.