VAInformation Concepts partnered with Microsoft Consulting Services to provide a proof of concept (POC) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on implementing BizTalk 2006 with the HIPAA Accelerator in their environment to address a real business issue.  The business issue was to demonstrate a way to replace expensive and hard-to-maintain SAS jobs with a solution that was cheaper and easier to build and maintain. The result of the POC was the ability to successfully Install and configure BizTalk 2006 and the HIPAA Accelerator in a VA test environment, demonstrating that validation of incoming data can be handled inside the BizTalk solution, as opposed to a third party validation program.