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Christiana Care Health System Selects Zix Corporation's Email Encryption Service for HIPAA Compliance

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 General News J E 4
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ZixCorp encrypts confidential information and enables transparent email encryption for Delaware-based health system

DALLAS, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zix Corporation (ZixCorp®), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), the leader in email encryption services, has signed a three-year contract with Christiana Care Health System, a leading Delaware-based regional health system with two hospitals and numerous satellite facilities.  ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service will safeguard Christiana Care's confidential information and facilitate their compliance with the updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) legislation.

Protecting sensitive email is vital to every email user.  This need is intensified for healthcare organizations due to new HIPAA requirements that call for encryption of PHI while in transit.  The new updates to HIPAA contained in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act introduce significant new consequences for security breaches.  The healthcare industry is bracing for extensive enforcement and more punitive penalties.  Healthcare companies and their business associates must address the new requirements in order to be compliant with the February 2010 deadline.

"ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service provides value with an automated and easy-to-use means to assure all our email is secured thus protecting our patient and employee confidential information," said Karen Gifford, Director of Information Technology for Christiana Care. "The solution takes the manual intervention out by using Lexicons or rules that accurately capture and protect the information.  This is critical especially as our government proposes new regulations and reimbursements in protecting protected health information."

"We've designed our Email Encryption Service with the recipient in mind; we understand the need for automatic, transparent, sending and receiving." said Rick Spurr, Chief Executive Officer for ZixCorp.  "Our ZixDirectory members like Christiana Care are able to continue their daily routine with secure email that simply looks like any other email."  

About Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care Health System is one of the country's largest health care providers, serving more than 600,000 patients yearly, placing it as the 17th leading hospital in the nation and 10th on the East Coast in terms of admissions. A not-for-profit teaching hospital, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women's health services, as well as for its Level-I trauma care and Level-3 neonatal intensive care (both highest capability).

Christiana Hospital is the only Level I trauma center between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Christiana Care includes two hospitals with 1,100 patient beds, a home health care service, preventive medicine, rehabilitation services, a network of primary care physicians and an extensive range of outpatient services.

With more than 10,000 employees, Christiana Care is the largest private employer in Delaware and the 10th largest employer in the Philadelphia region. In 2009, Christiana Care had more than $1.9 billion in total patient revenue and provided the community with $46.8 million of free care and medicine. Find more information at www.christianacare.org.

About Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation is the leader in email encryption services. ZixCorp offers the simplicity of Software as a Service with the convenience of customizable encryption policies. ZixCorp provides automated key management "in the cloud" for all its customers, resulting in a scalable, reliable, easy-to-use and simple-to-administer service. ZixDirectory is the largest email encryption directory in the world enabling seamless and secure communication among communities of interest. ZixDirectory connects over 19 million members and includes over 1,200 financial institutions, the FFIEC federal banking regulators, over 1,000 hospitals and over 30 Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations and 20 state banking regulators. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.

SOURCE Zix Corporation

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