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OpenNetwork Technologies Addresses Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions.

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CLEARWATER, Fla.--(BW HealthWire)--Aug. 17, 2000

OpenNetwork Technologies(R), a leader in eBusiness and directory service software, will address the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions (AFEHCT AFEHCT Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions ) on August 17 & 18 in Washington DC. David Sweigert, director of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191) Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health,  programs for OpenNetwork will speak about security issues related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website, Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when

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 has mandated security regulations for HIPAA, which will dictate how healthcare plans, healthcare providers and healthcare claims clearinghouses store and transact electronic patient records and information. HIPAA compliance will be mandatory within 26 months and will include severe civil and criminal penalties for violations and non-compliance.

AFEHCT is hosting an industry-wide HIPAA summit on how to implement HIPAA-compliant technology within healthcare organizations. OpenNetwork Technologies will discuss how it is using digital signatures in healthcare related projects (digital signature technology is used to authenticate users as they access information). The information will be presented as case studies on usability, interoperability and cost-effectiveness of Internet authentication using public key infrastructure (PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) A framework for creating a secure method for exchanging information based on public key cryptography. The foundation of a PKI is the certificate authority (CA), which issues digital certificates that authenticate the identity of ).

OpenNetwork is commenting on this technology for healthcare because its flagship product, DirectorySmart(TM), has been adopted by health insurance providers across the country as a cost-effective eBusiness solution and serves as a foundation for HIPAA compliance. DirectorySmart allows patients, care providers and administrators to quickly access pertinent information stored in a healthcare organization's data system. Working in harmony with the impending im·pend  
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 HIPAA regulations, DirectorySmart authenticates user access at every logon and ensures that users are provided with access to only the appropriate information.

OpenNetwork's current healthcare customers include: Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Shield A US not-for-profit health care insurer that is a reimbursement intermediary for physicians. Cf Blue Cross.  of Kansas, South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

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, Wisconsin and HealthPlan Services.

About OpenNetwork Technologies

Based in Clearwater, Fla., OpenNetwork Technologies(R) is a national industry leader in eBusiness and directory service software for market-leading companies. OpenNetwork Technologies' flagship product, DirectorySmart(TM), is a powerful role-based user management tool that supports leading LDAP-based directories. From a single Web interface, DirectorySmart greatly simplifies the challenges resulting from the blurred lines between company, customer, supplier and partner in the online world. For more information about OpenNetwork Technologies and DirectorySmart, visit, send e-mail to or call (727) 561-9500.
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