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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Selects Edifecs to Drive FHIR Adoption

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Edifecs' module will be offered to BCBS companies to support rapid
FHIR deployment

Edifecs, Inc., a global health
information technology solutions
 company, today announced it has
been selected by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) to help
drive adoption of HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).
Edifecs' user-friendly Edifecs XEngine Server Module for FHIR will be
offered to Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies to support the
rapid deployment of HL7 FHIR data standards with minimal training
required.

BCBSA has set up a sandbox testing environment with the Edifecs XEngine
Server Module for FHIR serving as a back-end for all API calls, allowing
BCBSA to explore multiple use cases to support and drive adoption of
FHIR-based services. FHIR is expected to accelerate initiatives for
value-based care and healthcare transformation. Coupled with the right
technology, FHIR standards can resolve many of the healthcare industry's
critical business issues, including care coordination, quality measures
and sharing attachments, or electronic versions of medical documentation.

"As we seek to drive more coordinated, higher quality and affordable
health care across the country, FHIR adoption is a key component for
BCBS companies," said David Corso, Executive Director, PlanConnexion®,
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. "Many BCBS companies are shifting
toward value-based models that put patients at the center of care. FHIR
standards advance interoperability of both clinical and financial data,
and help BCBS companies to turn this data into actionable intelligence
to enhance the customer experience."

"Implementing FHIR standards will help bridge connections, increase
partnerships, improve outcomes and reduce costs for BCBS companies and
their information trading partners," said Sunny Singh, president and CEO
of Edifecs. "We believe FHIR is the future of interoperability, as it
enables data from multiple sources to come together as actionable
intelligence and truly enhances the customer experience. We are thrilled
to work with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to increase its future
readiness."

The Edifecs XEngine Server Module for FHIR includes out-of-box use cases
for BCBS companies to test with BCBSA. The solution eliminates the use
of custom interfaces, which significantly reduces development time,
analysis and design costs. Edifecs' collaboration with BCBSA extends an
ongoing relationship that was first established in 2003. For more than
15 years, Edifecs has supported transitions and data integration needs
for BCBS companies, including the transitions to HIPAA 5010 and NCPDP.

Edifecs is a leader in innovation and has a history of driving new
standards to improve administrative efficiency, compliance and
healthcare digital interoperability. The Edifecs XEngine Server Module
for FHIR will serve to jumpstart FHIR development with its pre-built
maps between HIPAA, HL7, CCD industry standards and FHIR resources.

About Edifecs

Edifecs develops innovative, cost-cutting information technology
solutions to transform the global healthcare marketplace. Since 1996,
Edifecs technology has helped healthcare providers, insurers, pharmacy
benefit management companies and other trading partners trim waste,
reduce costs and increase revenues. More than 350 healthcare customers
today use Edifecs solutions to simplify and unify financial and clinical
transactions. In addition, Edifecs develops supply chain management
solutions to support worldwide customers in non-healthcare industry
segments. Edifecs is based in Bellevue, WA, with operations
internationally. Learn more about us at www.edifecs.com.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of
36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue
Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one
in three Americans. BCBSA provides health care insights through The
Health of America Report
series and the national BCBS Health Index.
For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com.
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