Memorial Hermann Healthcare System selects Zix Corporation for secure e-messaging services

Dallas 12 October 2004Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest non-profit, community-based health care organisation in Texas, has selected Zix Corporation to meet its secure e-messaging needs. Memorial Hermann signed a three-year contract that includes the purchase of ZixVPM or Virtual Private Messenger, ZixPort, and ZixAuditor services to help the organisation meet the April 2005 security deadline of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).


Memorial Hermann will deploy ZixVPM to encrypt e-mail messages system-wide for up to 15.000 e-mail users to protect inbound and outbound communications. The service also includes a HIPAA lexicon that recognizes Protected Health Information (PHI) to ensure compliance and patient confidentiality. ZixPort will provide custom branding and encrypted messaging capability to the organisation's Web site. Memorial Hermann will also conduct a post-deployment ZixAuditor e-mail assessment to ensure ongoing e-messaging compliance and efficiency.

"We were very impressed with ZixVPM's HIPAA lexicon", stated Linda Kulhanek, assistant vice president of ISD Professional Services for Memorial Hermann. "We conducted extensive comparisons and ZixCorp did a superior job in detecting PHI and ensuring our e-mail process is confidential and efficient."

For nearly a century, Memorial Hermann has been a leading health care provider for the greater Houston and southeast Texas communities. Memorial Hermann's facilities and programmes include nine acute care hospitals, two long-term acute care hospitals, a physician network for primary and speciality care, retirement living and nursing homes, wellness programmes, rehabilitation and home health programmes, and an air ambulance service.

"The work of the ZixResearch Center and our extensive knowledge of HIPAA e-mail privacy concerns has resulted in a health care industry lexicon that is unsurpassed. This comprehensive product combined with our thorough understanding of health care customer needs and unmatched customer satisfaction record has made us a leader in secure e-messaging services for health care", stated Rick Spurr, president and chief operating officer for ZixCorp. "We are proud to have Memorial Hermann join our long list of valued health care customers."

Memorial Hermann, a non-profit health care system, provides quality, comprehensive programmes and services for a person's whole life. Through its 12 hospitals located in the Texas Medical Center and the greater Houston area, Memorial Hermann takes a patient-centric approach to health care offering the convenience of health care in neighbourhoods where people live and work as well as easy access to the resources and technology of a university-affiliated teaching hospital.

Zix Corporation is a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services. ZixCorp offers a range of solutions to protect organisations from viruses, spam, and electronic attack, as well as enabling secure electronic communications, such as e-mail encryption, e-prescribing, on-line doctor visits, and electronic lab results. ZixCorp helps organisations of any size to streamline operations, reduce risks, and leverage the efficiencies of e-messaging. More company news can be found in the VMW July 2004 article Zix Corporation partners with SureScripts for e-Prescribing connectivity between pharmacies and physicians.

Leslie Versweyveld

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