por John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | June 19, 2020
The court originally dismissed three of Philips’ claims on grounds that it did not state a claim upon which relief may be granted. It then tried to re-plead those three claims, according to Summit.
The accusations issued by both fall in line with the ongoing debate over the “Right to Repair”, in which third-party providers and independent service organizations have accused OEMs like Philips of not sharing specific information needed to make certain repairs in order to provide its own services. In return, OEMs have argued that the quality of repairs made by ISOs and third-party providers may not be as efficient as their own and therefore, they cannot be trusted with such information. More than 300 healthcare professionals signed a letter last month asking state lawmakers to remove barriers to repairing medical equipment, according to GeekWire
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“Keeping equipment working under the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic is a matter of life and death,” said Nathan Proctor, the Right to Repair campaign director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, in a statement. “This is no time to squeeze hospitals into paying extra for proprietary repairs.”
Nguyen told HCB News that Summit has merely developed resources to help customers service their own medical imaging equipment, and that its patented technology makes providers aware of the information and tools they need to service equipment.
“Properly leveraging technology to enable healthcare providers to deliver their medical services in a financially viable form should be the goal of every service provider in this industry,” he said. “Disturbing companies like Summit Imaging is anti-competitive and adverse to the needs of healthcare providers and the patients they seek to serve.”
U.S. District Court Judge James Robart in Seattle has given Philips until July 8 to respond to Summit’s counterclaims.Back to HCB News