Audit says LSU deal had conflicts of interest, legal problems

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An audit said that Louisiana State University so poorly handled the licensing of medical software that it created a conflict of interest problems and may have violated the state constitution.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office outlined a litany of problems with the licensing and attempted marketing of LSU-created software designed to ease the sharing of patient data.

News outlets said that the auditor's report, released Monday, shows the largely unsupervised approach led to canceled contracts, no profits, and potential legal violations.

The university sought to commercialize the software. Rather than use its traditional technology management office, LSU instead worked through a private nonprofit led by a university system vice president.

LSU System President F. King Alexander asked for the audit and said the university enacted policy changes in response to the findings.

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