HIPAA Support in BizTalk Server


This topic provides a brief overview of HIPAA and how BizTalk Server supports HIPAA.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires covered entities to use mandated standards when they electronically conduct transactions such as claims, remittance, eligibility, claims status requests and responses, and others. Covered entities under HIPAA are health plans, clearing houses, and most health care providers.

Microsoft is committed to helping health care and allied organizations improve the way health care is delivered and financed. Microsoft intends to reduce the amount of time and money that organizations must spend complying with HIPAA regulations.

BizTalk Server helps organizations meet the challenges of creating automated business processes that connect and interoperate across diverse healthcare systems. Organizations affected by HIPAA can use BizTalk Server’s capabilities to help in developing, implementing, and integrating transaction-compliant solutions which also comply with federal law.

BizTalk Server includes native functionality providing support for HIPAA. It is not an add-in to the product, such as an adapter or an accelerator. It is built into the product. BizTalk Server includes the EDI components and capabilities that are required to both comply with the HIPAA mandates and to also embrace HIPAA as a well-managed and measured business process.

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BizTalk Server supports HIPAA version 5010 and 4010.

The primary EDI standards are X12 (standardized by ANSI and primarily used in North America) and EDIFACT (standardized by the United Nations and primarily used outside the U.S.). HIPAA is a standard derived from X12. BizTalk Server provides HIPAA support as part of the native X12 EDI functionality. Therefore, where you see references to X12 support in the BizTalk Server documentation, this support also applies to HIPAA processing, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

The following sections in BizTalk Server have specific information about HIPAA.

Getting Started

Planning and Architecture



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