A group of oncologists at the Medical University of South Carolina have passed confidential information to a competitor in an attempt to establish a new treatment center, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
MUSC filed a lawsuit in state court on Monday against six of its outgoing doctors and HCA Healthcare, owner of North Charleston-based Trident Medical Center.
Charleston-based MUSC wants a judge to stop what it has called the “wholesale departure of doctors, nurses, technicians, staff and fellows” from the division of head oncology and from the hospital’s neck to Trident’s new facility in an effort to hamper MUSC’s ability to compete, news outlets reported.
Doctors searched for information including case registers, patient lists and other data belonging to MUSC in the months leading up to and following the announcement of their resignation, the medical research university said in a statement. complaint.
It would take eight to ten years for Trident to independently develop the “hijacked confidential and proprietary information” available to MUSC, the latter said in court documents.
Trident has denied MUSC’s claims.
“Physicians frequently change location of practice and affiliation,” the healthcare system said in a written statement to The Post and Courier. âWe are well positioned to care for head and neck patients and we are delighted that these physicians have chosen to be part of the Trident team. This last-minute trial appears to be an effort to keep patients away from their doctors. “
MUSC says it’s in the public interest for a judge to stop the plan because the hospital is a public teaching hospital and research institution, while Trident is private and for-profit.
MUSC is asking for a hearing on the preliminary injunction before December 1, the day the six defendant doctors will stop working at the hospital.