Methodist Health System in Omaha to select Zix Corporation e-mail encryption

Dallas 10 May 2005Methodist Health System, a non-profit organisation based in Omaha, Nebraska, has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorporation's eSecure services. Methodist Health System purchased ZixVPM - Virtual Private Messenger - and ZixPort e-mail encryption and content filtering services to meet the e-mail protection mandates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). ZixVPM will enforce e-mail security policies to ensure secure handling of confidential data for 3000 users, including a pre-configured HIPAA lexicon that automatically detects and encrypts protected health information (PHI). ZixPort will provide custom branding and encrypted messaging functionality to the organisation's Web site.

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"We knew there was PHI being exchanged, and ZixVPM gives us an easy way to protect it", stated Ray Horstman, Methodist Health System's data centre director. "The solution enables e-mail to be sent to anyone regardless of whether they have a ZixCorp solution and the process is seamless for our users."

Comprising Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Hospital, Methodist Health System is the oldest not-for-profit health care system in the Omaha/Council Bluffs, Iowa area. Jennie Edmundson Hospital is a 255-bed regional facility founded in 1886 that serves 250.000 residents. Methodist Hospital is a 430-bed acute-care facility that has been an annual winner of the Consumer Choice Award given by National Research Associates since the award's inception in 1996.

"ZixCorp services are easy to use and provide a convenient, secure method of communicating private information via e-mail", stated Rick Spurr, chief executive officer for ZixCorp. "Our fast deployment and interoperability have helped make our services a leading solution for the health care community."

The hospitals of Methodist Health System - Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Hospital - began shaping the Omaha/Council Bluffs community more than 116 years ago. Today, the hospitals continue to make a difference in countless lives through their unwavering commitment to quality care.

Zix Corporation provides easy-to-use-and-deploy e-communication services that protect, manage, and deliver sensitive information to enterprises and consumers in health care, finance, insurance, and government. ZixCorp's eSecure services enable policy-driven e-mail encryption, content filtering, and send-to-anyone capability while its eHealth services improve patient care, reduce costs, and improve efficiency through e-prescribing and e-lab solutions. More news on Zix is available in the VMW November 2004 article Memorial Hermann Healthcare System selects Zix Corporation for secure e-messaging services.


Leslie Versweyveld

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