Microsoft Unveils Cloud-Based Platform For Health Insurance Exchanges

With states mandated to operate interoperable health

insurance portals by 2014, Microsoft

has rolled out the infrastructure for its state HIX (health insurance exchange)

platform, the company announced on Feb. 8.

While an HIE (health information exchange) allows health

care providers to exchange EHRs (electronic medical records), an HIX is an

online market for purchasing health insurance plans, notes Dave Meyers, chief

technology strategist for Microsoft’s U.S. public sector health care and

social services group.

“It’s less about pushing clinical records around and

more about offering a marketplace to purchase health insurance,” Meyers

told eWEEK.

Components of the HIX platform include interoperable exchanges, as well as applications for enrollment, eligibility, business intelligence

and case coordination, Microsoft reports. The HIX will also reduce the cost of delivering

health care and boost care quality and efficiency.

Among the partners the software giant will work with on HIX is Extend Health, which operates a large

private Medicare insurance exchange. Extend Health will contribute plan-comparison tools as well as enrollment and call center functionality, Microsoft reports.

For more, read the eWeek article: Microsoft Launches State Health Insurance Exchange Platform.

CIO Insight Staff
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