SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Social Interest Solutions (SIS), a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to improve consumers’ access to health and human services, today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft. The relationship will involve working collaboratively to help government entities save time and money in the design and deployment of the technology and processes underlying health insurance exchanges.
“We are pleased to be working with Microsoft at this historic time,” said Claudia Page, co-director at Social Interest Solutions. “Both organizations have a successful track record of working closely with state agencies to help them achieve greater integration across health and human services silos and both view the implementation of health insurance exchanges as a way to reform the health delivery system and improve health outcomes.”
“With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), states have new mandates to follow, deadlines to meet and risks to mitigate that require significant process improvements combined with innovative technologies,” said Brian Russon, national practice leader for Health Insurance Exchange, Microsoft.
“We are pleased to join forces with Social Interest Solutions and look forward to working collaboratively to help our clients meet the demands of implementing effective health insurance exchanges.”
For the health insurance exchange collaboration, Microsoft will be providing technology and state government expertise, while Social Interest solutions will be providing valuable knowledge and experience focusing on enrollment, standards, interoperability.
For nearly a decade, Social Interest Solutions has been instrumental in helping to modernize the process for identifying and enrolling in health and human services programs. In early 2003, Social Interest Solutions developed One-e-App, a Web-based system streamlining the complicated eligibility and enrollment process by making it possible to transparently connect and share data across otherwise disparate state and local social services systems and programs. Today, One-e-App is deployed in Arizona, California, Indiana and Maryland and has served nearly 9 million individuals. The innovative integration and process improvements achieved with the One-e-App platform will play a critical role in helping states using One-e-App to develop and deploy health insurance exchanges.
Social Interest Solutions is also focused on effective policy development and helped to craft language in Section 1561 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1561 requires the Federal government to establish enrollment standards to facilitate access to coverage. Subsequently, SIS directors have served as consultants to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to support the development of ACA enrollment standards and protocols. Social Interest Solutions has also worked with states to conduct ACA IT gap analyses, assessing the current status of IT systems against where the state plans to be in 2014. Gap analysis work has been completed for Arizona, Maryland and New York and is underway in Alabama.
About Social Interest Solutions
Social Interest Solutions (SIS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to improve consumers’ access to public and private health and social services. As an active influencer and promoter of policy reform, SIS has successfully developed and deployed pioneering technology solutions having a positive impact on the quality of life for the nation’s underserved population. www.socialinterest.org
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