Partnership to provide integrated payment processing

Aug. 18, 2006
Fully integrated state-of-the-art technology will enable users to process credit card and ACH transactions from their XLDent system.

DALLAS and LORETTO, Minnetota--TransFirst Health Services, Inc., has announced a partnership that will provide customers of PEB's XLDent Practice Management System with fully integrated payment processing capabilities.

TransFirst is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransFirst Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of credit card processing services and payment enabling technologies. Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc. is a dental software developer serving more than 1,000 dentists.

The new service linking the TransFirst Transaction Central system to the XLDent system dramatically improves current traditional stand-alone POS terminal processing systems, increasing efficiency in handling patient payments at the time of service, and in recurring scenarios.

Staff in the dental office can process credit card and ACH payments without leaving their XLDent system, with the added features of auto-posting payments to patient records and accounting ledgers. Users will realize productivity and work flow gains through this integration.

The new service combines TransFirst's processing capabilities for credit card and ACH, manual and automatic recurring payments, and custom report generation with the XLDent Practice Management System. Utilizing one system, XLDent's customer functionality will include patient information, financial ledger, reporting, scheduling, diagnostics, advanced imaging, treatment plans, patient education, billing, and now credit card and ACH payment processing.

XLDent users will no longer have to move outside of their system to handle a credit card or ACH payment via a stand alone terminal, wait for a dial-up response, then re-key that information back into their own system for updates to the patient file and accounting ledger; transactions will be entered into the system and the payment response from TransFirst will post directly into XLDent eliminating the need for redundant data entry.

"We are continually looking for ways to integrate key business functions into our XLDentSuite of products, so our clients can realize increased efficiencies", explains PEB President, Dawn Christodoulou. "Our partnership with TransFirst has allowed us to create a seamless, easy-to-use credit card processing feature that eliminates dual entry and traditional point-of-sale terminals. Everything is quick, easy, and completely integrated. This is the kind of innovation that XLDent users have come to expect from PEB."

Christy Corey, President for TransFirst's Health Services division explains, "This partnership is another advance in the dental market between two technology firms delivering a powerful solution to improve practice efficiency. Currently most healthcare practices utilize stand-alone systems to process patient payments; these systems are neither efficient nor cost effective. Healthcare has been lagging in certain segments of technology largely due to the fact that there has been little need to address private pay collection; it simply represented an insignificant percent of overall revenue.

"Merchants in retail environments worldwide can process payments from consumers seamlessly via fully integrated systems, yet the most advanced healthcare systems in the world still utilize stand-alone systems. We believe our newly formed partnership with PEB addresses this situation."