Magazine article American Banker

National Data in Deal with Canadian Dentists

Magazine article American Banker

National Data in Deal with Canadian Dentists

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ATLANTA National Data Corp. said it has signed a contract to provide communications and related payment services to the 15,000 members of the Canadian Dental Association.

National Data called the deal "the most comprehensive and innovative mixture of electronic communication value-added services provided to the Canadian health care community."

The Atlanta-based networking company joins a host of others, ranging from credit data firms like Equifax and Card Establishment Services to financial institutions like Chase Manhattan Corp. and Bane One Corp., exploring ways to link health care billings, insurance claims, and electronic payments.

In the Canadian system, National Data expects to include credit and debit card processing.

National Data's service will be provided via CDAnet, the Canadian Dental Association's electronic claims processing network, and marketed un- der the name CDAnet Plus.

NDC's subsidiary, National Data Corporation of Canada Ltd., will provide the electronic credit card and check authorization services. The move will streamline office management practices and provide an effective alternative to paper-based payment systems, the company said.

Other services offered on the CDAnet Plus network include electronic mail and bulletin board, and other personal and professional financial services. In a second phase, on-line order entry and electronic library services will be developed, as well as direct debit and electronic funds transfer services. …

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