New Pegasystems Healthcare Payer Solutions to Improve Service Centers through BPM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass, May 20, 2003 — Smart, Rules-based BPM Software Streamlines Member and Provider Call Center Interactions to Help Increase Personalized Service, Productivity, and Agility
Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), a leading provider of smart business process management (BPM) software, today announced PegaHEALTH™ Service Manager, a new suite of solutions for healthcare payers. The suite, which consists of PegaHEALTH™ Member Services version 3.2 and PegaHEALTH™ Provider Services version 2.0, helps healthcare payers create integrated service centers — eliminating existing departmental silos and helping to deliver consistent, high-quality service to both members and providers, across the enterprise. PegaHEALTH Member Services is currently being deployed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
PegaHEALTH Service Manager helps healthcare payers service both healthcare plan members as well as healthcare providers, such as physicians and hospitals. Traditionally, healthcare customer service has been delivered through separate contact centers — each with unique processes — and multiple, dedicated toll-free phone numbers. PegaHEALTH Service Manager provides the tools to create a universal service representative which helps to eliminate the need for separate, disparate contact centers and allows for phone line consolidation to help improve service delivery, create process-driven staffing models, and create cross-constituent interactions to improve consistency.
With PegaHEALTH Service Manager, customer service representatives (CSRs) are provided with tailored information to personalize each interaction. The suite allows them to handle both healthcare member and provider inquiries through all customer touch-points. Pegasystems' flexible rules engine helps payers adapt to changing business conditions. This can result in differentiated service that helps to increase member retention, reduce technology support costs and reduce attrition rates.
Released today, PegaHEALTH Provider Services is designed for CSRs to respond to service requests from physicians, hospitals and other direct caregivers. PegaHEALTH Member Services version 3.2, designed to respond to requests directly from healthcare members, adds new functionality with the inclusion of HIPAA compliance features and heightened reporting functionality. Both include pre-configured, provider-specific workflows that help CSRs resolve service transactions — such as patient claim and eligibility inquiries — by connecting directly to and electronically updating a health payer's back-end systems. Both products are able to intelligently guide CSRs through these pre-configured healthcare workflows, helping to drive the work and deliver consolidated customer data where it is needed. The combination of these capabilities with rules-based scripting and routing helps eliminate dependencies on varying service representative skill sets and reduce the need for extended training programs.
"The PegaHEALTH Service Manager Solution Suite is built to simplify how healthcare organizations process service requests from their members and their providers," said Henry Ancona, president and COO, Pegasystems. "Not only can it help CSRs work faster, smarter and more efficiently and provide straight-through processing capabilities, it will also help give healthcare payers a new agility they haven't had before, exceeding the limits of older technology to change as their business changes."
The PegaHEALTH Service Manager suite of solutions will be demonstrated at PegaVISION 2003, Pegasystems' annual user conference, held May 18th to 20th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Mass.
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