Falls Church, VA, February 1, 2010 – The newly-formed Marketing and Business Development Task Group (MBTG) of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 hosted the third installment of the “VAN/Clearinghouse Summit” this week at the ASC X12 Trimester meeting in Seattle, WA, with an unprecedented attendance of EDI networking, software and consulting companies. Several major industries were represented from the U.S. and Canada, including Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Retail and Federal Government.

The purpose of this meeting was to address a growing concern from customers of these networking companies, related to the process known in this industry as “Interconnect,” a peer-to-peer communication between two EDI networking companies to exchange documents on behalf of their customers. A standard practice is needed to solve various identified issues to help remove barriers and create a more seamless experience for the customer. These issues include, but are not limited to, the ability to generate and access a complete audit trail of the routing and final delivery of a customer’s documents (when interconnection is required), regardless of the path that the documents must take to reach the customer’s EDI trading partner. This information can then be provided to the original sending customer, establishing complete visibility throughout the cycle of events.

The group, Chaired by Robert Fox, Director of Product Development, Softshare, identified several areas of the Interconnect process as potential focal points for the next level of work that could establish a new standard practice for EDI networks: operations, message content and directory services. The content of these areas will form the body of work that will be presented to the ASC X12 processes for collaboration and further development into the X12 framework. “This unprecedented cooperation with the EDI networking community will allow us to create new services and solutions that directly and indirectly benefit our respective customers,” said Fox.

"I see several new and improved standards and practices coming out of this group that will significantly improve the quality of the core infrastructure between networks, positioning it for the next stage of growth," said Todd Gould, President, Loren Data Corporation.

"I am encouraged by the level of cross-industry participation that this group has achieved and look forward to working with the group to facilitate the growth of this effort," said Cathy Sheppard, Chair, ASC X12.

At the conclusion of the Summit, the group was established as the Connectivity Caucus, and agreed to reconvene via teleconference within two weeks. Parties interested in participating in the caucus are asked to contact Bill Alletzhauser, Acting Secretary, at bill@edisupport.com for more information.

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