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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 11, 2006--Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (NASDAQ:ZIXI), the leader in hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing, today announced that it has expanded an e-prescribing contract with Aetna (NYSE:AET), one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies. The expanded contract adds up to 750 physicians in the New York City Metropolitan area; Hartford, Connecticut; and Portland, Maine; following a successful first phase of the e-prescribing program in New Jersey in which ZixCorp deployed 1,000 physicians.
"The initial phase of e-prescribing program with ZixCorp was a success. Across the board we have seen greater-than-anticipated increases in formulary compliance and generic prescribing," said Thomas Howe, M.D., Aetna's New Jersey medical director. "We believe that e-prescribing leads to patient safety and quality improvements as well. We are looking forward to expanding the PocketScript service into the new markets and bringing the value of e-prescribing to additional members and health care providers."
PocketScript improves patient safety and reduces costs by allowing physicians to write electronic prescriptions through a handheld device, and then send them immediately to pharmacies. During the prescribing process, the application provides formulary information, a drug reference guide, and drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy alerts based on the prescriber's available records.
"We think having an industry leader like Aetna expand our product and services speaks volumes about the value of e-prescribing and reinforces ZixCorp's position as the leader in the e-prescribing market," said Rick Spurr, chief executive officer for ZixCorp.
About Zix Corporation
ZixCorp is the leading provider of hosted email encryption and e-prescribing services. ZixCorp's hosted Email Encryption Service provides an easy and cost-effective way to ensure customer privacy and regulatory compliance for corporate email. Its PocketScript(R) e-prescribing service reduces costs and improves patient care by automating the prescription process between payors, doctors, and pharmacies. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.
CONTACT: Zix Corporation, Dallas
Farrah Corley, 214-370-2175
Peter Wilensky, 214-515-7357
SOURCE: Zix Corporation