Health software provider Medtech is alleging four defendants, including three New Zealand health providers, wrongfully conspired to use its software.
Medtech knows this, a High Court judgment stated, because it was inadvertently sent emails between the first and fourth defendants as part of an email chain referring to the fourth defendant’s use of Medtech Web software.
Medtech also claims the fourth defendant is a competitor and not authorised to use the software.
The first defendant is Hamilton-based Midlands Health Network, the second and third are Pinnacle Incorporated and Pinnacle Ventures while the fourth is Valentia Technologies (NZ), a subsidiary of an Irish company, according to the November judgment on evidence preservation.
In response to a Reseller News query, Pinnacle Group rejected Medtech’s claims.
"The Pinnacle Group intends to vigorously defend itself," it said in a statement. "There has been no copying and no misuse of confidential information.
"The Pinnacle Group prides itself in being a health care innovator with a reputation for high quality care."
At this early stage of the case, High Court justice Whata resolved to make an order restraining the defendants from modifying or destroying listed documents and signalled an urgent hearing will be required to determine whether forensic imaging should also be undertaken.
Justice Whata said there appeared to be a serious case to answer.
"The email correspondence evidently suggests that the fourth defendant, Valentia, has had access to and been using the Medtech Web software without any express authorisation to do so," he wrote.
"I am also satisfied that the orders are necessary to keep secure any information held by the defendants in respect of the Medtech Web product."
The Pinnacle Group said it has been working closely for several years with Valentia on the development of indici, a cloud-based patient health information system, for which it has expended significant resources.
"It is based around a single master patient list and has been independently designed from scratch; after talking to hundreds of New Zealand frontline GPs, nurses, medical centre assistants, nurse practitioners, patient access centre staff, allied health staff and patients," Pinnacle Group said.
Indici appears to be being used by Waikato District Health Board locally.
"Built around the Health Care Home model, indici is a standards-based, open application programming interface (API) integrator for health information," Pinnacle said.
"It runs completely in the cloud using new technology and new workflows; and is being chosen as their preferred system by a growing range of primary health organisations, practices and non-government organisations across New Zealand."
Pinnacle said health information systems need to be open and standards-based to ensure individual health information is safely, securely and accurately stored; and available to be shared across providers as individuals move across the system.