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Microsoft unveils State Health Insurance Exchange platform

Microsoft has unveiled State Health Insurance Exchange (HIX), a new turnkey technology solutions designed to help states to roll out their statewide health insurance exchanges by 2014.

According to the Microsoft, the HIX solutions include several core Microsoft and partner technologies and allow state and government agencies to choose a single interoperable framework that connects new and existing government and private sector systems within a consistent architecture.

Among Microsoft’s partners is Extend Health, which operates the a Medicare health insurance exchange in the country. The HIX solution also includes Extend Health’s premium administration, plan comparisons, and enrollment and call center operations solutions, layer additional functionality platform.

Microsoft said that HIX solutions offering can provide a state with a single solution that integrates the multiple aspects of health insurance delivery, including health information exchanges, enrollment and eligibility, and health-enabled business intelligence/analytics and case coordination..

The solution also includes consumer portals, eligibility determinations, financial services, plan enrollment, enhanced privacy features and program administration features which helps in building an insurance exchange and in achieving the compliance with health reform legislation’s insurance exchange provisions.

Microsoft general manager of United States Public Sector Healthcare and Social Services Group Jack Hersey said that Microsoft’s HIX solutions eliminate the need for states to evaluate numerous point solutions from various firms to find one that works well with government policies or existing IT infrastructures.

Microsoft’s HIX offering also gives states access to the Microsoft partner network for expertise in crucial areas such as systems integration, Medicaid Management Information Systems and Medicaid Information Technology Architecture requirements.