Salt Lake City-based Ingenix Inc., a part of UnitedHealth Group, is implementing a patient-identification information platform designed by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Cyclone Commerce Inc. The agreement calls for bundling a custom version of Cyclone's Interchange technology with Ingenix's HIPAA Security Solutions product line. Leveraging Cyclone technology, Ingenix will provide its customers with a unifying architecture for managing secure exchange of patient-sensitive information and to meet compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).Portsmouth, N.H.-based EigenSoft Inc. released a series of enhancements for ClaimsAgent, its hand-held mobile insurance property claim estimator. The new features will give catastrophe adjusters a revised construction and repair database structure to simplify searches; standard views of different roofs to automatically calculate areas; more discernible headings and divisions between estimate and valuation reports; and a rugged case to protect the Compaq iPAQ pocket PC from wear-and-tear and weather.

AscendantOne, Nashua, N.H., released its Rate/Quote/Issuance product for the property/casualty front office. The product features an n-tier XML/XSL architecture that complements existing information technology. The company's rating engine supports exception-based P&C rate/rule structures and industry-standard XML interfaces.

TowerStreet, Windsor, Conn., demonstrated on a Compaq iPAQ pocket PC an application that will enable insurance agents to instantly receive home cost valuations on wireless devices using Microsoft's .NET technology. After entering address, type of residence, square footage and other property information needed to determine replacement cost, an agent can instantly receive a home replacement cost value from Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, a provider of building cost information.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo., recently debuted a prototype electronic system for fingerprint background checks of people applying for a license to sell insurance. Developed by Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Integrated Biometric Technology, the LiveScan fingerprint technology would reduce the turnaround time for FBI fingerprint results from several months to a couple of days. Today, only three states-California, Florida and Idaho-have consistent access to the FBI database for routine checks of criminal history.

Rackley Systems Inc., Pulaski, Tenn., now offers Web-enabled rating engines for all major commercial lines of business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The engines are designed to both send and receive information using XML, and can be invoked by the company's own interface, other insurance-related browsers, desktop systems or Rackley-designed proprietary user interfaces.

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