Partners employees charged with bribery in hospital IT kickback scheme

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An IT consultant and two employees of Partners HealthCare, a Boston hospital holding company, are facing bribery charges in connection with the way software, hardware and consulting contracts were obtained.

ComputerWorld reported that Brian Colpak, the owner of Future Techologies, allegedly won several hundred thousand dollars in contracts by agreeing to pay kickbacks to the employees of Partners Healthcare, which owns Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.

The two Partners’ employees charged with bribery are John DiMille of East Boston, and John Cleary, of Cambridge, Mass.

Lynnfield, Mass.-based Future Technologies helped move Dana-Farber to a large-scale, high-availability system based on Oracle applications and two 24-way, multi-domain Sun Fire 6800 servers, which the company claimed saved the cancer center $1 million a year.
The company also took credit for "a comprehensive service maintenance package that delivers world-class engineering, as well as a sophisticated yet inclusive business continuity plan" for Partners, focusing on "invoicing between multiple hospitals as well as supporting an extremely complex IT infrastructure,” according to ComputerWorld.

On Oct. 2, Colpak plead innocent in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston to four counts of commercial bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit commercial bribery.