ICSGlobal finds first insurer for THELMAASX-listed boutique IT consultancy ICSGlobal has signed up its first health insurer to its B2B transactional health exchange, THELMA. ICSGlobal has spent 18 months and around $5 million developing THELMA (Transactional Health Exchange Linking Multiple Applications) in a bid to provide a secure online transaction-based system for insurers, clinicians, consumers and health suppliers. The Australian Health Management Group (AHMG), a health insurer to around 280,000 Australians, has signed up with THELMA to reduce manual processing costs and improve its operating efficiencies. AHMG has been trialling THELMA since the proof of concept went live last October.
IBM and i2 partner on SRM for high-tech sectorIBM and i2 Technologies will offer a joint software and services solution for SRM (supplier relationship management) for the high-tech sector, enabling companies to reduce base manufacturing costs and product-design cycle time while increasing buyer and supplier collaboration. As part of the alliance, i2 will integrate its SRM software for strategic design, manufacturing collaboration and procurement with IBM's consulting and implementation services. Using SRM during the design of a product, an engineer can refer to a database to access preferred suppliers of product components or to learn if a part will soon become obsolete. IBM and i2 will jointly promote and implement the solution, which will be available immediately. IBM will be resposible for governing the cultural changes for both buyers and suppliers associated with SRM technology and processes.
ERG adds smartcard to Melbourne's road tollSmartcard vendor ERG has entered into a development agreement with Melbourne's $2 billion CityLink project owner and operator, Transurban, to integrate its technology into the eTag tolling system. The two companies hope the integration of smartcard and tolling technology will enhance both of their customer service offerings. The technology will provide the companies with a flexible solution capable of supporting e-commerce applications and other forms of payment and commerce as they become available. Transurban and ERG will initially work together to develop the system specification and prove the concept. If successful, they will form a formal joint venture to implement the system nationally and overseas.