Benefitfocus opens platform to select third-party developers

Staff Report
Published May 20, 2011

Healthcare and benefits software firm Benefitfocus, based on Daniel Island, announced Wednesday that it has opened its platform to select third-party developers.

“Companies that develop a core platform with a cloud-based infrastructure and then provide development tools for others to extend it are the companies that are seeing hyper growth,” said Shawn Jenkins, president and CEO. “That statement has really come to define our open platform strategy.”

Jenkins announced the availability of the Benefitfocus API, ad hoc reporting and third-party applications at the company’s One Place event in Charleston.

“By investing in the extensibility of our technology, our customers have access to the best voluntary benefits, wellness tools and financial planning resources, to name just a few,” he said.

The Benefitfocus API allows others to plug in to Benefitfocus’ technology.

Ad hoc reporting will be available to all Benefitfocus employer customers later this year, allowing human resources administrators to create their own custom reports, modify pre-built reports and schedule and email reports to colleagues, officials said.

The company also announced the launch of several Benefitfocus applications.

“The availability of apps on the platform extends the value of Benefitfocus technology for employers and consumers alike,” said Don Taylor, chief technology officer.

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