System for communication of health care data

CAFC
  • US 8,321,239 B2
  • Filed: 11/30/2011
  • Issued: 11/27/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/11/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer system to process health care data from one or more health care records from one or more sources related to a patient in order to communicate that health care data between a health care provider and payor, the computer system comprising:

  • an intermediary computer configured to communicate with one or more databases that stores one or more health care records containing a plurality of health care data related to the patient;

    wherein the databases are selected from a group consisting of a payor database and a provider database;

    wherein the intermediary computer is configured to communicate with the plurality of health care data related to the patient of a type where each of the health care data is displayed in a separate field;

    wherein any of the plurality of health care data related to the patient which are intended to have the same meaning, are expressed in either different formats, or have not previously been subject to a normalized format;

    wherein the normalized format is of a type that displays health care data from one or more sources associated with a single patient such that any health care data associated with that patient having the same meaning is expressed in the same format despite any prior formatting;

    a staging database that is part of the intermediary computer and that is configured to receive the plurality of selected health care data;

    a rules engine that establishes the normalized format for health care data associated with the patient and predetermines how each of the plurality of selected health care data is to appear in its respective field to send to the participant;

    wherein fields in the normalized format that correspond to the fields containing the health care data for the patient not expressed as predetermined by the normalized format is remodeled to be expressed as predetermined by the normalized format becoming normalized data; and

    wherein the plurality of health care data related to the patient comprises claims data that is normalized into claims data in normalized format which is available to be transferred to the payor over a data network.

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