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Healthcare IT

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Business Networks International Inc.'s health-IT background runs the gamut of Healthcare (clinical), Health Insurance (administrative) and Public Health. Through a series of nationally scoped and high visibility and influence projects, BNETAL has gained experience in many areas in health-IT including Regulatory Compliance, Interoperabilty and Security standards, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchanges, Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NwHIN), Public Health Information Network (PHIN), Medicare/Medicaid, and Laboratory Information Systems. Details on some of these are provided below.

Healthcare IT Regulatory Compliance: Meaningful Use, ARRA HITECH, PPACA Section 1104

Our in-depth understanding of healthcare regulations can be leveraged by BNETAL customers for their compliance with regulations. BNETAL consulting has been actively engaged in providing feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on the Meaningful Use regulations and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s HITECH regulations, and to CMS on the Affordable Care Act Section 1104 (Operating Rules) regulations.

Healthcare IT Standards

Our in-depth understanding of healthcare-IT standards can be leveraged by BNETAL customers for improving their healthcare systems standards compliance, interoperability and efficiency. In particular:

Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Initiatives
As part of a BNETAL consulting engagement, BNETAL is currently working with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on its Standards and Interoperability (S&I) initiatives, with a focus on CMS Electronic Medical Document Submission (esMD) initiative. This is follow-on work to past work BNETAL performed with CMS on its esMD Phase I, where BNETAL provided subject matter expertise to development of the X12 Profile for esMD.

Health IT Standards Panel (HITSP) Security, Privacy and Infrastructure Technical Committee
BNETAL was an active member of HITSP’s Technical Committees, representing CAQH®. At HITSP, BNETAL played a key role in authoring various interoperability specifications and technical notes.

Electronic Health Records (EHR), Health Information Exchange and Nationwide Health Information Network
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BNETAL was part of a consortium of companies that was awarded a major project to develop a prototype architecture and implementation for the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), also known as the “NwHIN prototype project” or NwHIN-I. The NwHIN-I consortium worked with several regional health markets. As part of this effort, BNETAL demonstrated Role Based Access Control using open standards within the Massachusetts Health network. The following AMIA paper was published based on the work on NwHIN-I:

As part of NwHIN-II (Trial Implementation), BNETAL worked with the New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC). BNETAL provided security architecture and security standards subject matter expertise consulting throughout the project. Working closely with HIE vendors, BNETAL played a key role throughout the life cycle of this project, including identifying security risks early and during the lifecycle of the project, and building consensus among the HIE implementers towards security implementation decisions that were achievable within the project timeline and resource levels. BNETAL provided lead representation of the team at security discussions with other HIE vendors and at security and implementation workgroups.

Our in-depth understanding of Electronic Health Record, Health Information Exchange and the Nationwide Health Information Network standards can be leveraged by BNETAL customers for improving their healthcare systems standards compliance, interoperability and efficiency.

Health Insurance IT

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BNETAL is working closely with the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH®, Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE®) initiative in developing connectivity rules for facilitating interoperability between healthcare providers (doctors offices, hospitals etc.), vendors, and health insurance companies. As part of this team, BNETAL plays a prominent role in facilitating the technical discussions around messaging, security, and the selection of standards that help implement the HIPAA requirements by providing interoperability. BNETAL played a major role in the CORE Phase II Connectivity Rule development, and is currently engaged on the next phases of rule development.

BNETAL has a turn-key implementation of the CORE Connectivity Operating Rules as part of its SureDeliver® product, which provides a path towards compliance with ACA Section 1104 regulations for HIPAA covered entities.

BNETAL has represented CORE at the Healthcare Information Technology Security and Privacy (HITSP) standards committee, and with the ONC Standards and Interoperability (S&I) initiatives. Further, BNETAL has been representing CAQH on outreach to IHE, NCPDP, HL7, FHA-CONNECT, MITA, CMS, ONC, and other organizations and initiatives.

  • BNETAL solution SureDeliver® has a fully CORE Connectivity compliant gateway implementation that can easily integrate with and augment existing revenue cycle management systems to reach compliance with PPACA 1104 data transport requirements.
  • BNETAL knowledge of CORE Operating Rules, which are a requirement in ACA regulations (with an aggressive compliance deadline as well as penalties for non-compliance), can be leveraged by BNETAL customers to reach compliance.

Medicare/Medicaid IT
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BNETAL consulting has collaborated with CMS on the CMS esMD project, and prior to that, on the CMS Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) project. During a HIMSS meeting in Atlanta, BNETAL assisted the MITA team in show-casing the CAQH CORE Connectivity interfaces to demonstrate interoperability. Currently, as part of BNETAL consulting for CAQH CORE, BNETAL consultants are collaborating with CMS on CMS esMD pilot project for Healthcare Claims Attachment processing.

  • BNETAL solution SureDeliver® has a gateway implementation that complies with the data transport requirements of CMS esMD, and that can easily integrate with and augment existing revenue cycle management systems to submit electronic documents to Medicare.
  • BNETAL knowledge of Electronic Medical Document Submission (esMD) standards can be leveraged by Healthcare Provider Vendors and Health Information Handler vendors to send data to Medicare/CMS.

Pharmacy IT
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BNETAL consulting has collaborated with NCPDP on its Connectivity and Security implementation guide development. The work with NCPDP has given BNETAL key insights into the pharmacy industry requirements, standards development leadership. BNETAL’s in-depth knowledge of NCPDP standards can be leveraged by Pharmacy Vendors and Health Plan vendors to send data to build interfaces that conform to NCPDP standards.

Public Health IT

BNETAL has been working with CDC and State Departments of Health for more than a decade. See details here.

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) IT

Business Networks International Inc. (BNETAL) is working closely with the OpenELIS comunity and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in providing security, architecture and health-IT expertise. BNETAL also provided OpenELIS architecture and security consultations to the Minnesota Department of Health.

To obtain more information on our healthcare IT projects, or to enquire about doing business with Business Networks International Inc., please email us at Thanks!