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Zix Corporation e-Prescribing to Deploy at Independent Practice Association in New Jersey as Part of Aetna Contract; 68 Prescribers at Morris Somerset IPA to use PocketScript(R)


DALLAS, Dec 20, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging and e-prescribing services, today announced that Morris-Somerset IPA (MSIPA), a New Jersey-based physicians organization, will have 68 prescribers use ZixCorp's PocketScript e-prescribing service in its various practices through an Aetna e-prescribing initiative.

The Aetna initiative, announced in July, supports access to ZixCorp's PocketScript for up to 1,000 New Jersey physicians. To date, more than 700 Aetna prescribers have been recruited to participate. PocketScript will enable participating physicians, including Morris-Somerset IPA members, to write and generate electronic prescriptions and have access to patient data, insurance formularies, and pharmacy information. The Aetna initiative also includes wireless handheld PDAs, wireless connectivity, training, service, and support for up to one year.

"This e-prescribing initiative is part of our pay-for-performance and clinical integration process," said Mark J. Atkins, MD, president of MSIPA. "Morris-Somerset IPA and our physicians receive a pay-for-performance bonus for meeting specific criteria, one of which is formulary compliance. PocketScript enables us to meet these criteria by providing information at the point of care. We feel it is important for our physicians to adopt technology for their practices as well as their patients for increased safety and convenience."

"It has been a pleasure to work with the leadership team at MSIPA and its member practices to deploy PocketScript," said Kirk Paul Kirkman, vice president of physician recruitment and retention for ZixCorp. "Once deployed, physicians will have a real-time, point-of-care solution that will provide both improved patient care and a powerful tool to optimize pay-for-performance contracts. The MSIPA members and patients will benefit from drug-to-drug, drug-to-allergy checking and a variety of online eligibility, formulary, and drug-dispensed history functionality."

About Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) provides easy-to-use-and-deploy e-communication services that protect, manage, and deliver sensitive information to enterprises and consumers in healthcare, finance, insurance, and government. ZixCorp's email encryption services enable policy-driven email encryption, content filtering, and send-to-anyone capability while its e-prescribing service improves patient care, reduces costs, and improves efficiency for the healthcare community. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.

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