Mercator, ProAct Partnership to Benefit HR

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2002-02-14
Making further inroads in the health care vertical market, Mercator Software Inc. announced Wednesday a partnership with ProAct Technologies Corp.

The agreement calls for Mercators Integration Broker software to become part of ProAct Connector, with the result being the an easier integration of ProAct applications with customers human resource systems.

The ProAct HR and Benefits Management suite automates HR tasks like benefits information and enrollment, physician search, and delivery of consolidated wealth and benefits statements.

Mercator, of Wilton, Conn., and ProAct, of White Plains, N.Y., will offer adapters to applications from the likes of PeopleSoft Inc., SAP AG and Oracle Corp., as well as to homegrown systems.

The idea is that by using Mercators Integration Broker, custom, one-off interfaces that require manual interfaces will be eliminated, according to officials.

The ProAct Connector will be used to integrate a customers HR and benefits data. ProActs applications will be able to read and update employee data either in real time or through batch processing.

A big plus for ProAct is Mercators technology support for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act passed by Congress in 1996.

HIPPA requires all health care organizations to improve efficiency in health care delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange and to protect the confidentiality and security of health data.

With the Mercator integration software, ProAct applications will have an easier time of accepting and transferring enrollment data into a HIPPA-compliant format.

ProAct markets its software to third-party organizations that provide benefits services, such as health plan providers, insurance carriers and benefits administrators.

Mercator, for its part, has more than 1,100 customers in the financial services, health care, utilities, manufacturing, retail and distribution sectors.

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