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Vista Healthplan Streamlines Claims Processing and Improves Member Services with Mainframe SOA Solution from NEON Systems

Shadow z/Services Distributed Accelerates Service-Enablement of Legacy Screen-Based Applications

NEON Systems, Inc., "The Mainframe Integration Experts," have announced that Vista Healthplan (VISTA) has selected NEON's Shadow z/Services Distributed to provide a service-oriented integration solution for connecting its IBM iSeries data and screen-based applications with its other business applications.

Headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, VISTA and its affiliated companies offer a choice of health benefit plans, including health maintenance organization (HMO), preferred provider organization (PPO), and point-of-service (POS). VISTA provides health benefits coverage to more than 300,000 members and 10,000 employers in Florida through employer group and individual plans, Medicare, Medicaid and Florida's Healthy Kids program. In addition, more than 5,000 independent physicians and the area's leading hospitals participate in VISTA's provider network.

Previous to the implementation of NEON's Shadow z/Services Distributed, VISTA's staff often had to enter data twice; once into its front-end business application and then again in its primary iSeries application PowerMHS. This had significant impact on the efficiency of the business workflows and quality of service for plan members.

"Integrating our front-end applications with PowerMHS is difficult primarily due to the proprietary nature of PowerMHS and its database. The business logic used to relate the underlying tables resides in PowerMHS's COBOL-generated screens," said Jose Contreras, vice president of information technology for Vista Healthplan. "We could access the iSeries based tables directly, but to do so would require us to replicate the business logic already built within the PowerMHS system."

"We used NEON to leverage the business logic trapped inside traditional COBOL green screens and integrate, or broker that data with our front-end applications," he added. "With NEON, our COBOL, .NET and JAVA developers are leaving behind the old concept of mainframe application coding and instead we are becoming an integration shop using .NET and Java components and later, Web services, as building blocks toward deploying a full service-oriented architecture," he added.

NEON's Shadow z/Services Distributed gave VISTA direct access to its IBM iSeries mainframes and then into a host environment that generates components into critical applications that are ultimately exposed to the end user. The newly architected solution has significantly improved the operational efficiencies, streamlining the access to legacy data and reducing the amount of time needed to handle member inquiries and plan updates.

"Our work with Vista Healthplan is a good example of the immediate value to the business that comes from real-time mainframe integration," said Mark Cresswell, NEON's President and CEO. "Shadow z/Services Distributed provides an industry standard SOA solution that has allowed VISTA's programmers to use their existing skills to rapidly service-enable their legacy system. Their work has had a ripple effect throughout the organization, allowing for operational and service levels to improve," Cresswell added.

Looking ahead, VISTA will be using NEON's Shadow z/Services Distributed as its foundation for a broader, Web services-based SOA implementation, which includes converting their use of components to SOAP-based Web services that will allow them to offer secure, online services supporting member enrollments, direct access to accounts and self-service features to enable members to modify their information--all of which will capture significant ROI for VISTA.

About NEON Systems
NEON Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:NEON) – the Mainframe Integration Experts – is a leading provider of enterprise-class mainframe integration solutions. Shadow RTE provides the industry's first Mainframe Services Bus (MSB) to support the entire range of requirements for service-oriented architectures (SOA) and event-driven architectures (EDA) – essential foundation elements needed to support the Real-time Enterprise. For organizations with significant investments in mainframe systems, Shadow RTE dramatically reduces the cost and complexity associated with mainframe integration. A single unified platform for mainframe integration translates into faster development and deployment of new, high value applications, streamlined business processes and real-time access to enterprise data and logic regardless of where it resides within the enterprise. With extensive mainframe integration expertise, NEON is uniquely qualified to solve the complexities of supporting new business initiatives and reporting requirements that intersect with critical mainframe systems. For more information on the Powering the Real-time Enterprise, see our Web site at www.neonsys.com or call 800-505-NEON.

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