MedUnite Selects Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA As a New Platform to Develop and Deploy Its HIPAA Transaction Solutions

REDMOND Wash., and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. and MedUnite Inc., an independent full-service technology firm founded by seven of the nation’s leading health plans, today announced that MedUnite has selected the Microsoft® BizTalk™
Accelerator for HIPAA to provide HIPAA transaction standard support for its real-time and batch, Internet and EDI-based solution that empowers providers and payers to electronically process administrative transactions such as patient eligibility, claims submission and claims status inquiry.

Founded by seven leading healthcare insurers — Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, Health Net Inc., Oxford, PacifiCare and Wellpoint Health Networks — MedUnite is poised to process transactions for more than 60 million Americans insured by its founding members. MedUnite is expected to be one of the largest processors of electronic administrative healthcare transactions.

The BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA will allow MedUnite to very quickly implement and continually maintain HIPAA transaction standards using a scalable, reliable and available enterprise-class server platform designed to support rapid return on investment.

“The Microsoft .NET Platform and the BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA fit perfectly into what we are delivering at MedUnite,”
said Sheila Schweitzer, executive vice president and chief operations officer for MedUnite.
“The HIPAA regulations are designed to reduce the cost and complexity of delivering healthcare with the goal of real return on investment, and that’s exactly what the Microsoft platform will deliver.”

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work hand in hand with MedUnite to help it improve the business of healthcare,”
said David Lubinski, global general manager of government and healthcare at Microsoft.
“MedUnite’s choice of the BizTalk Accelerator and the .NET Platform demonstrates that Microsoft can deliver the enterprise-class servers that leading and visionary companies like MedUnite demand.”

The BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA enables healthcare organizations of all sizes to interoperate and integrate between multiple platforms, interfaces and business processes to quickly implement and continually maintain HIPAA standards, and helps organizations reduce the amount of time and money they need to spend to comply with HIPAA regulations.

About MedUnite

MedUnite is an independent full-service technology firm founded by seven of the nation’s leading health plans — Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, Health Net Inc., Oxford, PacifiCare and Wellpoint Health Networks — to promote the evolution of healthcare transactions from an inefficient, paper-based system to an economical, real-time Internet-based connectivity tool for physicians, insurers, laboratories and other healthcare constituents. For more information, visit .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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