A physician-owned healthcare information technology company is offering free access to software to validate providers' use of their unique identifying numbers in healthcare transactions, for compliance under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Use of the number, called a national provider identifier, to streamline data flow was man-dated by HIPAA, but the final regulations outlining its use were not approved until
Jan. 23. Claredi Corp., Kaysville, Utah, founded by informaticist Kepa Zubeldia, will provide the software through its Web site, claredi.com.
The final regulations require each provider identifier to contain a check digit that is calculated using the ISO-standard Luhn check digit algorithm. The Claredi validation routine, a means of checking the data's integrity, implements the Luhn algorithm specifically for use with the identifier, the company said.