Oracle has announced a health insurance exchange HIX platform designed to align several of its existing applications for states creating a marketplace for purchasing health insurance.

Under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), states must establish health insurance exchanges (HIX) by 2014.

"The impending rollout of health insurance exchanges will require state governments to establish state-regulated and standardized health care plans, from which individuals may purchase health insurance that is eligible for federal subsidies," said Mark Johnson, SVP for Oracle's public sector.

Oracle designed the platform to support multiple programs in an attempt to allow states to deploy HIXs quickly and cost-efficiently, the company said, and will phase in additional applications as legislation changes dictate.

The foundation of the HIX platform includes Fusion Middleware, an application infrastructure platform, and the Oracle SOA Suite, which also will connect to Siebel for CRM capabilities.

Siebel customer relationship applications offer states with the infrastructure to operate multichannel customer service and include analytics tools for evaluating calls. Siebel also handles case management for the exchange, Curry said. 

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