IBM, Microsoft Offer HIPAA Help
New technology aims to help organizations meet requirements of 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.IBM and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced new technology to help organizations prepare and meet the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., announced its WebSphere Business Integration for HIPAA, which will be the centerpiece of IBMs HIPAA Readiness Solution portfolio, which the company targets at health care and insurance companies. HIPAA regulations call for companies to protect the privacy of individuals when moving, accessing and sharing data and transactions related to the health care business. IBMs WebSphere Business Integration for HIPAA focuses on the integration of health care-related business processes, the company said. When delivered later this quarter, the technology will feature actual HIPAA content such as templates for processing transactions, IBM said. And IBMs WebSphere Business Integration for HIPAA will translate HIPAA-based EDI (electronic data interchange) transactions into various legacy application formats, the company said.
Other components of IBMs HIPAA portfolio include products and services such as IBMs Tivoli security management software, IBM eServer and IBM Mindspan HIPAA Training Solution, featuring strategies for complying with health care regulations.