Via Christi selects Whale's e-Gap solution for secure access to digitised radiological images

Fort Lee 06 January 2003Via Christi Regional Medical Center has selected Whale Communications' e-Gap Remote Access Appliance to provide some 1000 physicians secure access to digitised radiological images, leading to a projected savings of more than $500.000 annually. Whale Communications' award-winning e-Gap product suite provides secure SSLVPN solutions, also referred to as clientless VPNs, which offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than traditional VPNs.


Via Christi, the largest Catholic not-for-profit medical centre in Kansas, had decided to go "filmless" and needed to give some 1000 Wichita-based physicians, who have hospital privileges but are not direct employees of the health system, remote access to digitised X-Rays, MRIs, and CT scans.

"When we discovered that with the e-Gap we could enable access to the images and patient information leveraging any regular Internet browser while maintaining the highest level of security, we knew from a technology standpoint we had solved our problem", stated Michael Knocke, Applications Manager at the medical centre. "It was a natural extension to then use the same solution to enable our 4000 or so employees Web access to our Intranet."

Via Christi employees are now able to access their e-mail and other internal applications from any regular Web browser, which Michael Knocke explained was an "added benefit we had not counted on".

Michael Knocke also noted that implementing the e-Gap Appliance helped the health system in regards to compliance with the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is setting national standards to protect privacy in electronic transactions in the health sector.

The e-Gap solutions enable businesses to rapidly deploy secure Web-based access to corporate network resources. Companies worldwide are using Whale's products to give employees and partners access to corporate resources from any location, be it an Internet cafe, client site or home.

"For Via Christi, safeguarding their patients' information was paramount and we were happy that they recognised the e-Gap Appliance as the most secure method for enabling remote access", stated Howard Moser, Whale's VP of Sales. "We of course were also pleased that they saw an immediate return on investment (ROI) as they no longer have to worry about producing and delivering the images to the physicians."

Whale has been securing Web applications since it was founded in 1998. Its e-Gap products have won numerous industry awards, and are currently utilised around the world by firms in a variety of vertical markets. Privately held, Whale is funded by prominent venture firms and industry leaders, including Goldman Sachs, Network Associates Inc., Soros Private Equity Partners and the BRM Group, the founding investor of Check Point Software Technologies.

Leslie Versweyveld

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