In March 2000, seven major health care payers started earnest negotiations to create a joint company to enable providers to communicate with the payers via the Internet.By July 2000, MedUnite was formed with a goal of offering services within a year. MedUnite launched its services last September, only six weeks behind its original schedule. However, it's a different company from what was originally envisioned.

Gone is the focus on Internet services, although they will be offered, along with claims submission, claims status and eligibility verification transactions.

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