This article is adapted from the book Universal Meta Data Models by David Marco and Michael Jennings, John Wiley & Sons, 2004.Last month I began this series on industry-specific managed meta data environment (MME) applications by walking through a banking example. This column addresses MME applications for the healthcare insurance and manufacturing industries.

Healthcare insurance companies were early adopters of MME applications. Healthcare insurance companies must adhere to a number of regulations. For example, many healthcare companies insure their employees. While this makes sense, it creates a problem: an insurance company cannot view the individual claims made by its employees.

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