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EDI Validation Software

With this EDI Validation Tool healthcare organizations can validate 837 files, 834 files, and other HIPAA X12 EDI file types. The X12 tools are used to test those files by reading, validating, and producing an X12 999 Acknowledgement (ACK). The 999 ACK informs the submitter that the EDI file was valid according to the receiver’s implementation guide.  This x12 validation includes the results describing the quality of the functional group’s syntax. Sometimes this x12 validation is referred to as WEDI SNIP level 1 and 2 edits.

List of T-Connect EDI validation software solutions:

  1. X12 Studio Toolbox – Our free EDI validation software for editing, searching, and locating validation errors.
  2. T-Connect SDK Parsing and Validation – Automate validation, parsing, and transformation of EDI files.  Included in a fully functional solution hosted in a windows services that polls a file directory and processes EDI into an object model for developers.
  3. T-Connect SDK Parsing and Validation with relational database – We take our above solution one step further and store the EDI file into a complete relational database.  We have spent 1,000s of hours perfecting the right blend of normalizing and flattening for peak performance.  We store EVERY single data element in the EDI file for your reporting or ETL processing.
  4. T-Connect Gateway – Full Healthcare EDI middleware for integrating EDI between your systems and trading partners. Features portal, reporting, database, and workflows. 

Steps to validate EDI using X12 Studio

1 – To start, Download the Free EDI Validation Tool and install the X12 Studio Tool box application:

2 – Launch the application and open an existing 837I, 837P, 834, or any of the HIPAA X12 EDI files:

edi validation open file


3 – The tool will automatically read, parse, and validate according to SNIP levels 1 and 2.  The validation results can be viewed in the output window at the bottom.

edi validation software errors

4 – Click on the Validation Results tab at the bottom of the EDI validation software results screen.  Click on the error and the tool will naviage to that part of the file instantly.

edi validation software view errors

5 – Select the invalid ‘AA’ value and the tool will present the correct possible values that meet 837 file compliance.  Here is the overall validation correction as an animated GIF:

correcting validation errors


Next, X12 Studio can Generate the ACK 999;

1 – Click on the Generate ACK 999 icon in the top menu:

edi generate ack 999 tool

2 – View the Output tab at the bottom of the application. This will show the file system location of the generated 999 ACK. Simply click on the file location in the Output window and X12 Studio tool box will open the 999 ACK response.


It’s also worth noting, this Output file location can be configured within the ‘Configure’ menu:

Validate and Retrieve 999 Acknowledgements 6

3 – Here is the generated 999 ACK output for the X12 837I (Institutional) EDI file. In this scenario, the 837I was accepted as denoted in the AK9 ‘A’ (for accepted):

Validate and Retrieve 999 Acknowledgements 7

4 – Now, let’s use X12 Studio Tool Box to edit the file so that we can test for an invalid 837I. Change the NM108 subscriber name qualifier value from ‘MI’ to an invalid enumeration of ‘XX’.

edi 837i loops

5 – X12 Studio Tool Box will instantly validate this change and display a X12 validation error in the bottom of the screen within the HIPAA Validation tab:

Validate and Retrieve 999 Acknowledgements 9

6 – Generate 999 ACK again and verify that the 999 produced a rejection in the AK9, denoted by ‘R’ (for rejected).

EDI Validation Tool

X12 Studio Toolbox

The free trial download of T-Connect X12 Studio Toolbox provides a set of features helpful for streamlining HIPAA processes, including a 999 ACK Generator.

The X12 Studio Toolbox utilizes some of our features found in our EDI Gateway solution in an easy-to-use interface.  We also support elevated SNIP level edits.

Visit Caliber Health’s website to compare EDI software and pinpoint the best solution to meet your healthcare data management needs. 

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