Cardiologist Sues Epic Over Copyright Infringement

Cardiologist Sues Epic Over Copyright Infringement June 30, 2022Leave a comment

John Spertus, MD, alleges EHR vendor knowingly distributed his workwithout permission

The EHR Market is getting more and more competitive, as hospitals are trying to find the best software for their needs. But one cardiologist is suing Epic Systems over copyright infringement, alleging that it knowingly distributed his work without permission.

John Spertus, MD, alleges in legal documents that the nation’s leading electronic health record (EHR) vendor distributed his heart disease assessment tool without a license. Cardiologists around the country use the tool to assess patients with heart disease or at risk of developing it. Hospitals pay Epic hundreds of millions of dollars for software but Epic won’t share the wealth with Spertus.

Spertus first authored the Questionnaires in 1992 and has been registered with the U.S. copyright office since 2005. He believes that Epic’s decision to distribute his work without permission is not only unethical but illegal under federal copyright law.”This is a real David and Goliath story,” Spertus said.”This is an enormous, multi-billion dollar company that literally knows that they are violating my intellectual property rights.

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