How NEHEN Hangs TogetherBy Regina Kwon | Posted 2002-02-11 Email Print
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Online exclusive: The creators of the trailblazing medical data network took special steps to bring legacy data and small health-care providers into the system.
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The easiest route, they concluded, would be to fold in software that acted as a translation layer between each health care provider's or payer's internal system and HIPAA-compliant data along with a private peer-to-peer network that guaranteed security.
In the strategy they devised, each NEHEN member integrates a server running NEHEN-created software with its back-end systems. The software takes requests, formats them according to the requisite electronic data interchange (EDI) specifications and passes them over dedicated frame-relay connections to other members.
It also acts as a gateway, receiving EDI transmissions, decoding them and submitting them to the appropriate legacy machine.
For smaller providers, such as independent doctors' offices, NEHEN created a Web-based module called NEHEN Lite. These offices connect via a dedicated link to the hospital with which it's affiliated; the transactions created and managed by the NEHEN Lite client are treated by the larger provider's NEHEN gateway software as though they originated from that provider's legacy system.