Data Junction Corporation, developers of integration solutions, announced that MedAssets HSCA, the third largest group purchasing organization in the country, is using Data Junction data integration technology as part of its Strategic Information service that enables healthcare institutions to maximize their financial performance. By exchanging and integrating data among their clients' many different systems and their own application, MedAssets HSCA audits purchasing records and delivers significant financial improvements to its customers' supply chain and contract services performance.

MedAssets HSCA's Strategic Information project is a system for matching hospital and healthcare provider purchasing information with contractual information to determine if the best price was paid for specific items and services. MedAssets HSCA built a Web service written in .Net C-Sharp to integrate information from various sources in a variety of formats with their own backend database. The integration challenges are numerous - data is not necessarily represented the same way in both the MedAssets HSCA systems and their clients' systems; data fields may be listed in different orders; and codes identifying specific items are likely represented differently in different systems. So massaging this data before integrating it into the system is necessary and vital to the project.

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