SOURCE: Progress DataDirect

Progress DataDirect

September 29, 2009 09:00 ET

Progress DataDirect Simplifies HIPAA Healthcare Transaction Processing and Shares Expertise at XML-in-Practice 2009 Healthcare Summit

Conference Attendees Learn How the Progress® DataDirect® Data Integration Suite Provides Out-of-the-Box Support for All HIPAA 4010 and 5010 Transactions to Help Speed Compliance and Lower Costs

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2009) - Progress DataDirect, the data-infrastructure division of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive, will share how the Progress® DataDirect® Data Integration Suite can help software developers and architects automate healthcare data transaction processing to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) at the XML-in-Healthcare Summit taking place at the XML-in-Practice 2009 Conference & Exhibition Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Washington, DC.

On Jan. 15, 2009 the United States Department of Health and Human Services released the final rules for the updated X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transaction definitions, version 005010 to be used in conjunction with HIPAA and completed by January 2013. At the same time, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standard has been bumped from ICD-9 to ICD-10 with a compliance date of October 2013. These aggressive compliance mandates coupled with the close relationship between HIPAA transaction sets that can directly refer to ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes have health industry IT professionals scrambling. A huge fiscal burden has been placed on payers and providers as they look to redesign business processes and systems to handle hundreds of thousands of new codes at an estimated cost of more than $14 billion.

With robust support for X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards and industry-leading data integration technologies, Progress DataDirect has provided healthcare organizations with a turn-key solution to modernize or enhance their existing infrastructure by allowing for scalable, automated conversion between EDI and XML and offering powerful integration tools and generic mappings to modify applications so that they are ready to support and process the new transactions.

Building on its existing support for EDI standards including X12 and HL7 clinical and administrative data standards, the DataDirect Data Integration Suite featuring the DataDirect XML Converters® technology, offers bi-directional conversion for the latest HIPAA EDI dialects including 004010A1, 005010 and 005010A1 messages. The high-performance components can transform thousands of EDI and flat-file formats to XML and back with little or no development time or expense and without a major re-architecting of a healthcare organization's applications. The DataDirect Data Integration Suite also features DataDirect XQuery®, an implementation of the standard that can query XML, relational data, SOAP messages, EDI, or a combination of data sources. Because the DataDirect XML Converters technology makes EDI available as XML, the DataDirect XQuery product can then be used to enrich, split and rearrange XML as needed for accelerated processing and compliance with XML schemas.

Progress DataDirect will be in attendance at the XML-in-Practice Healthcare Summit in Washington, D.C. Executives will be available to discuss not only how to process the new transaction formats, but also how to convert to the new codes and rework data management applications.

To further help software developers jump-start their data conversion projects, Progress DataDirect has created the DataDirect HIPAA/ICD Upgrade Toolkit. The robust, starter-kit includes:

--  XQuery source for upgrading each of the 10 transaction sets from the
    HIPAA 4010 to equivalent 5010 version
--  50 sample 4010 files to use with the above
--  ICD-9 to ICD-10 maps
--  A sample tool to compare the changes between ICD-9 codes and their
    closest ICD-10 analogs with HTML output
--  An XQuery program which will read a HIPAA file containing ICD-9 codes
    and report on any potential conversion troubles with ICD-10
--  An XQuery program to read a HIPAA EDI file and covert it from 4010 to
    5010 and from ICD-9 to ICD-10 simultaneously

"The aggressive compliance timeline for HIPAA and ICD-10 and the high-costs associated with the implementation of the code set will have a profound impact on the operations of healthcare organizations," said Dr. Carlo Innocenti, senior XML program manager at Progress DataDirect. "Progress DataDirect continues to anticipate the needs of those working with these standards by creating a robust data dictionary for HIPAA-compliant message types that allows users to accelerate the exchange of health-related information, enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs associated with development efforts."

About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur -- to capitalize on new opportunities, drive greater efficiencies and reduce risk. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class infrastructure software spanning event-driven visibility and real-time response, open integration, data access and integration, and application development and deployment -- all supporting on-premises and SaaS/Cloud deployments. Progress maximizes the benefits of operational responsiveness while minimizing IT complexity and total cost of ownership. Progress can be reached at or +1-781-280-4000.

Progress, DataDirect, DataDirect XML Converters, and DataDirect XQuery are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its affiliates or subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. Any other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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