To facilitate the ability of its business systems to accept HIPAA-compliant transactions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC, Chapel Hill, NC) has awarded a contract to SeeBeyond (Monrovia, CA), provider of e-business and application integration solutions. SeeBeyond's experience in the healthcare industry and with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) in particular were key selling points, according to Frank Jackson, technical officer and vice president, corporate information, BCBSNC.
In addition to addressing HIPAA regulations for the carrier, SeeBeyond will also provide BCBSNC with technology for integration and collaboration with the Blue Exchange, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn.'s healthcare transaction exchange.
One of BCBSNC's biggest challenges in meeting the federal requirements, reports Jackson, is making sure all of its business systems can accept HIPAA-compliant transactions from doctors, hospitals and employer groups. "BCBSNC will process our transactions through the SeeBeyond infrastructure and leverage the transformation capabilities," says Jackson.