WNYHealtheNet Enlists APP Design for New Real-time Patient Consent Interface

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APP Design, a software development firm specializing in the design, development and integration of healthcare systems, announced today that it has been selected to design and develop a real-time patient consent interface for WNYHealtheNet through its RHIOnet product.

APP Design, a software development firm specializing in the design, development and integration of healthcare systems, announced today that it has been selected to design and develop a real-time patient consent interface for WNYHealtheNet through its RHIOnet product. RHIOnet is a secure, Web-based, healthcare information exchange system designed to deliver accurate and timely healthcare data to caregivers distributed across wide geographical areas.

WNYHealtheNet, one of the nation’s most successful RHIOs, delivers over five million healthcare transactions per month to its more than 30,000 providers. A collaboration by the Western New York region’s hospitals and health insurance plans, WNYHealtheNet provides real-time, online services including health plan eligibility and benefit verification, claim status, claim inquiry, referral submission and single sign-on. Prior to WNYHealtheNet’s inception in 2002, physicians and providers were required to contact each entity individually, in disparate ways, for all the services and manage multiple sets of user names and passwords for each entity.

"This new interface enables our authorized users to obtain access to important healthcare data both simply and securely," remarked Tom Unger, HEALTHeLINK Program Director. "We strive to leverage the best technology to deliver complete and comprehensive patient information, and the interface designed by APP Design will allow us to continue to meet that goal."

Through the new interface, authorized users of WNYHealtheNet are able to retrieve HEALTHeLINK™ (the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange) patient consent status during eligibility verification, saving time and multiple logins. If desired, the patient can change his or her consent status on the spot by filling in an online form. The interface, using NHIN XDS.b standards, will enable HEALTHeLINK to further integrate administrative and clinical workflows to reduce costs and improve outcomes for WNY patients.

"RHIOnet is designed to provide exceptional flexibility in the connectivity, translation and display of each transaction between disparate information sources," explained Robert Quinn, Partner of APP Design. "We are excited that WNYHealtheNet gave us the opportunity to use our vast experience in designing, building and integrating healthcare networks and information exchanges to meet their need for a real-time patient consent interface."

About WNYHealtheNet, LLC
WNYHealtheNet is one of the largest RHIO success stories. Founded in 2002 by the three payers and four provider systems in the Buffalo metro area, WNYHealtheNet now services more than 25,000 users and delivers more than 4.5 million transactions per month. The provider organizations are increasing their revenue by $120,000 to $200,000 per month by having patient information up front, while the payers are saving millions of dollars in provider relations and transaction costs. Based on its successes, WNYHealtheNet is now expanding to add online prescriptions and other clinical information transactions.

About APP Design, Inc.
Founded in 1997, APP Design is a software development firm specializing in data analytics and integration of disparate systems across multiple industries, especially healthcare. Also a leader in healthcare connectivity and electronic data interchange, the company focuses on connecting “islands of information” in healthcare to reduce costs and improve service. With extensive experience in healthcare EDI, APP Design delivers projects that process millions of transactions 24×7 with a proven history of negligible downtime. APP Design’s vast library of interface and conversion modules enables its staff to quickly implement complex projects with proven, tested software, providing its client base with a confident commitment to high quality and unparalleled service. For more information, please visit http://www.appdesign.com or call 630-775-1144.

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