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Availity Achieves 2008 eHealthcare Leadership Award

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 24 Availity, L.L.C. wasrecognized as the 2008 Silver winner for Best Overall Internet Site in theBusiness/Process Improvement Applications or Products category at the twelfthannual Health Care Internet Conference November 11 in Orlando, Florida. TheeHealthcare Leadership Awards were presented by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends,a leading internet publication and online resource. This leading awardsprogram highlights the Internet's role in achieving an organization's businessobjectives and recognizes the hard work that has gone into creatingoutstanding health web sites.

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More than 1,100 entries were received from firms representing 17 industryclassifications, from hospitals and health systems to pharmaceutical firms andonline health companies. An independent panel of 114 individuals familiar withhealth care and the Internet evaluated each entry across 12 different awardcategories. Web sites were rated based on a standard of internet excellenceand how they compared with others in their group classification.

Both Availity's web site and secure portal were included in theevaluation. The Best Overall Internet Site was based on several factors,including delivery of strong health content, interactivity, medical caresupport, integration with the organization's operations, as well as strengthof web design and ease of navigation. The Business/Process ImprovementApplications or Products category focuses on enhancements to an organization'sweb site, such as health content or interactivity functions, or web-basedproducts that are used to enhance the business processes within anorganization.

"A growing number of health care organizations are clearly embracing theWeb and emerging technologies," said Mark Gothberg, eHealthcare LeadershipAwards chairman. "The 2008 awards program attracted entries from a diverserange of organizations. Even after the bar for winning an award was raised, arecord number of sites made the cut."

"It's an honor to achieve this award, complimenting eHealthcare Leadershipawards received in 2003, 2004, and 2006," said Russ Thomas, executive vicepresident and chief operating officer for Availity, L.L.C. "Availity focusesits efforts to continuously improve the customer experience, and this awarddemonstrates our commitment to overall excellence in the health careindustry."

About Availity, L.L.C. -- Patients. Not Paperwork.(R)

Availity optimizes the flow of information between health careprofessionals, health plans, and other health care stakeholders through asecure internet-based exchange. The Availity Health Information Networkencompasses administrative, financial, and clinical services, supporting bothreal-time and batch exchange via the web, business to business (B2B)integration, and electronic data interchange (EDI). Availity is the recipientof several national and regional awards, including Consumer DirectedHealthcare, E-Fusion, Emerging Technologies and Healthcare Innovations forExcellence (TETHIE), and AstraZeneca-NMHCC Partnership. For more information,including an online demonstration, please visit www.availity.com .

SOURCE Availity, L.L.C.
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