Preferred Health Technology Joins PCI Security Standards Council

Thursday, February 12, 2009 General News
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Company to participate in key standards-setting body protecting payment cardholder data

CARROLLTON, Texas, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preferred Health Technology Inc. (PHT), a provider of electronic payment and transaction-processing services for the health care industry, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization.

As a participating organization, PHT will work with the council to evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data-protection standards.

The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity. More information on the council and the standard can be found at

As a participating organization, PHT will have access to the latest payment card security standards from the council, be able to provide feedback on the standards, and become part of a growing community that now includes more than 500 organizations. In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents an entity's best protection against data criminals. By joining as a participating organization, PHT is adding its voice to the process.

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, general manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. "By participating in the standards-setting process, PHT demonstrates it is playing an active part in this important end goal."

"One of the most important issues facing the payments industry today is data security," said Mary Dees Griffith, PHT's president and COO. "PHT is pleased to now be part of the standards organization leading the data security initiatives on behalf of all providers and consumers of electronic commerce."

About PHT

Preferred Health Technology Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, is a full-service payment-processing provider to the health care industry. Its A-Claim(TM) ( medical payment solution is an electronic swipe card terminal and Web portal solution that provides physicians and hospitals with immediate insurance eligibility verification on their patients, claims adjudication, and secure payment processing at the point of service.

Providers use A-Claim to determine patient financial responsibility for services rendered, and to secure a patient's payment commitment with their preferred payment method at the time of service so that the financial responsibility may be collected automatically from the patient when the final amount is known.

About PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by driving education and awareness of PCI security standards.

SOURCE Preferred Health Technology Inc.

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