APP Design Client Celebrates Ten Years of Success as an RHIO

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APP Design, a software development firm specializing in the design, development and integration of healthcare systems, is proud to announce that HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange which uses the company's RHIOnet solution, is celebrating the tenth year of operation of its administrative equivalent, HEALTHeNET.

APP Design, a software development firm specializing in the design, development and integration of healthcare systems, is proud to announce that HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange which uses the company's RHIOnet solution, is celebrating the tenth year of operation of its administrative equivalent, HEALTHeNET.

HEALTHeNET provides secure access to administrative information from the health plans to assist the health care provider community in day to day business operations. APP Design was most recently selected to design and develop a real-time patient consent interface for WNYHealtheNet through RHIOnet, a secure, Web-based, healthcare information exchange system designed to deliver accurate and timely healthcare data to caregivers distributed across wide geographical areas. Through the new interface, authorized users of WNYHealtheNet are able to retrieve HEALTHeLINK patient consent status during eligibility verification, saving time and multiple logins.

Also, through use of the single sign-on (SSO) capability provided by APP Design, WNYHealtheNet is able to centralize authorization credentials from multiple back-end applications through a portal that uses application definitions. SSO allows WNYHealtheNet to better monitor, control, protect and update authorization data for increased compliance and security.

HEALTHeNET was created and funded through a collaborative partnership among the Western New York region’s hospitals and health plans. Today there are more than 45,000 registered users, and approximately 300 million transactions have been processed since the system went live in June 2001. With HEALTHeNET, health care providers and office staff are able to verify the status of their patients’ insurance eligibility, benefits and claims. Users are also able to initiate a referral and inquire if one is in place. HEALTHeNET capabilities also allow for system integration with practice management and hospital information systems.

“HEALTHeNET began on the principle of collaboration and it reflects the foresight, vision and support of the founding stakeholder hospitals and health plans,” explained Daniel Porreca, Executive Director of HEALTHeNET. “This vision also provided a significant launching pad for another opportunity for collaboration from a clinical perspective with the creation of HEALTHeLINK. This collaboration has positioned Western New York as a leader in health information technology and exchange.”

"The success WNYHealtheNet has proven itself as of the nation’s most successful and sustainable RHIOs, and we are proud to be a partner in that success," added Robert Quinn, Partner of APP Design. "We look forward to participating with the organization in many more projects over its next decade of operation."

As HEALTHeNET continues to evolve to meet the needs of its users, work is currently underway to better assist in integrating the HEALTHeLINK technology into the system. By the end of the year, users will have the ability to capture and check HEALTHeLINK consent status within HEALTHeNET. In addition, upgrades to the new 5010 version compliance will be completed in July.

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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