Script QA Software facilitates migration testing.

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Providing out-of-the-box QA structure for test automation scenarios, Test Automation Framework (TAF) tool helps enable health plans to achieve accelerated, more efficient release migrations. Scalable solution integrates with 3rd party testing tools and separates end-user from core testing platforms, enabling non-technical/business users to create and maintain test scripts. Other uses include benefit configuration, general configuration and setup changes, and patch testing.

Original Press Release:

DST Health Solutions Introduces Tool to Help Reduce Cost and Effort for Migration Testing, Including HIPAA 5010

New Test Automation Framework (TAF) enables cost, quality and speed of testing improvements

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- DST Health Solutions, LLC, today announced release of a feature-rich offering utilizing DST Worldwide Services' Test Automation Framework (TAF) tool, delivering automated test scripts that can be built and maintained by business experts rather than programmers. This tool provides health plans with the potential for faster, more accurate and less expensive testing capabilities.

Many health plans are currently using manual testing methods, or at best, limited automated scripts and testing tools. In addition, there are ongoing challenges to recruit and retain resources needed to accomplish the testing necessary for a successful migration.

"Our TAF tool provides a proven, out-of-the-box Quality Assurance structure for test automation scenarios," said Krish Krishnan, President, DST Worldwide Services, the DST business unit that developed this core test framework. "It is easy to maintain, is scalable and integrates with a majority of the leading third party testing tools. It separates the end user from the core testing platforms, thereby enabling non-technical/business users to create and maintain test scripts."

Gartner, Inc. recently released research results showing that the historical testing costs associated with migration accounts for roughly 60 to 70 percent of total HIPAA 5010 costs. This statement has held true for DST Health Solutions, as its costs have increased for HIPAA 5010 testing. Additionally, DST has found that many of its clients spend upwards of six months conducting release testing.

DST Health Solutions' value-added, packaged TAF offering helps enable health plans to achieve faster and more efficient release migrations. But the value of TAF goes beyond testing time and costs. DST Health Solutions customers are leveraging it for more effective and expedient benefit configuration, general configuration and setup changes, patch testing and much more.

"We've seen proof that TAF is the right solution for our clients in non-healthcare industries, and we know from the success we've seen with customers - such as one major health plan based in the northeast - that this can provide huge benefits within the healthcare space, including reductions in required test set-up and thorough testing execution," said Steve Sabino, President of DST Health Solutions. "Our customers gain more time, greater speed, increased quality in test execution, added versatility in terms of how TAF can be used, and a reduction of resources needed for testing - all of this without sacrificing quality."

For more information on how DST can help your organization, call DST Health Solutions, at 800.272.4799 or visit us at

About DST Health Solutions
DST Health Solutions, LLC delivers systems and services that help improve efficiency, reduce operational costs, increase speed to market, and facilitate medical cost management and price containment. Our clients include commercial health plans, consumer-directed plans, government plans (Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and Medicaid) and physician practices. DST Health Solutions' enterprise applications and outsourcing services include claims processing, member and provider management, benefit plan management, new product development, care management and medical management, and decision support/analytics. DST Health Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc. For more information about DST Health Solutions, contact 800.272.4799, email or visit

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