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Prime Healthcare Services Implements Zix Corporation's Email Encryption Service for HIPAA Compliance

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 General News J E 4
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Top 10 health system replaces existing email encryption vendor with ZixCorp

DALLAS, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zix Corporation (ZixCorp®), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), the leader in email encryption services, has signed a three-year contract with Prime Healthcare Services, a leading California-based regional health system with 13 separate hospital facilities. ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service will safeguard the Protected Health Information (PHI) of Prime's patients and allow Prime Healthcare Services to comply with the updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Prime Healthcare Services (PHS), which, by and through its subsidiaries, owns and operates 13 acute care hospitals in California, was recently ranked as one of the Top 10 health systems in the country by Thomson Reuters. Prime Healthcare Services' management needed an email encryption solution that could scale across its large and growing network of 13 hospitals. Prime's management team was dissatisfied with the administrative burden of their previous email encryption solution. Prime conducted an exhaustive review of leading email encryption solutions and selected ZixCorp for its strength in healthcare and for the power of the ZixDirectory™.    

The need to protect email communication 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 burden of breach notifications can be avoided through effective implementation of policy-based email encryption.

"Prime Healthcare serves large regions in California; we have a strong reputation to protect within the communities we serve. We needed a trusted email encryption partner with a successful track record in the healthcare industry to secure our communications and prevent data leaks, which could potentially damage the reputation of our health system," said Allen Stefanek, Vice-President of Operations for Prime Healthcare Services. "We were also impressed with ZixCorp's directory of users that included many of our business partners in the insurance and healthcare industries."

"ZixCorp delivers the experience you'd expect from an industry leader; effortless email encryption that's transparent to the sender and in most cases, because of our ZixDirectory, transparent to the receiver as well," said Rick Spurr, Chief Executive Officer for ZixCorp. "Our email encryption service ensures that healthcare organizations, such as Prime Healthcare Services, are able to comply with HIPAA, all while making the experience easy for their users."

About Prime Healthcare Services

Prime Healthcare Services, Ontario, Calif., is a progressive, innovative and rapidly expanding hospital management company in Northern & Southern California. The mission of PHS is to provide comprehensive quality healthcare in a compassionate, convenient and cost-effective manner. With more than 8,000 employees, PHS, by and through its subsidiaries, currently owns and operates thirteen acute care hospitals: For more information, please visit www.primehealthcare.com

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 1,100 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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