SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A California federal jury determined that UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary OptumInsight infringed Cave Consulting Group’s patent for measuring physician efficiency. The federal jury determined that OptumInsight infringed the U.S. Patent No. 7,739,126 (“‘126 patent”) by operating and licensing its Impact Intelligence software, a competing solution for developing physician efficiency scores.
“The jury found that OptumInsight’s Impact Intelligence software infringed because it uses, among other things, a pre-defined set of medical conditions to evaluate each specialty type,” stated Dr. Douglas G. Cave, President of Cave Consulting Group. The pre-defined set of medical conditions is a key component of the methodology protected by Cave Consulting Group’s ‘126 Patent.
“Despite the federal jury verdict, OptumInsight continues to offer Impact Intelligence to health plans, health systems and others,” explained Dr. Cave. To prevent this continued infringement by OptumInsight, Cave Consulting Group recently filed for a permanent federal injunction against OptumInsight. If granted, the permanent injunction will prevent OptumInsight from offering its competing Impact Intelligence software in the marketplace.
The case is Cave Consulting Group, Inc. v. OptumInsight, Inc., case number 5:11-cv-0469-EJD, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Cave Consulting Group is represented by Richard Brophy, David Harlan, Mark Thomas and Zach Howenstine of Armstrong Teasdale, LLP and Andrew Leibnitz of Farella Braun + Martel LLP.
About Cave Consulting Group, Inc. (CCGroup)
Cave Consulting Group, Inc. is a software and consulting firm located in San Mateo, California. The company is focused on improving the efficiency (cost-of-care) and effectiveness (quality-of- care) of the healthcare delivery system. Senior management of CCGroup has assessed the performance of physicians and hospitals for over 25 years for health plans, HMOs, physician groups, health systems, TPAs, and employers.