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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 15, 2006--Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of email encryption as a service and e-prescribing, today announced it has entered into a jointly signed Letter of Intent with SureScripts to work together to integrate and test SureScripts' recently announced medication history service into ZixCorp's PocketScript e-prescribing service.
SureScripts, the nation's largest network provider of electronic prescribing services, announced on Monday that it joined with U.S. pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies to offer the country's most significant effort to date to provide physicians and consumers with medication history for electronic health records. The service draws data from community pharmacies to provide a single view of a patient's medication history across all prescribers, regardless of retail brand or physical location. When combined with existing claims-based prescription data, the new service will provide a more universal view of the patient.
"We are committed to working closely with SureScripts to test and implement this capability as soon as possible within our network of e-prescribers. Improving patient safety has always been the hallmark of our e-prescribing solution," said Rick Spurr, president and chief executive officer for ZixCorp. "Providing this combined data in one convenient location will greatly improve PocketScript's ability to provide alerts at the point of care, boosting both patient safety and the doctor-patient relationship. We are also excited to announce that ZixCorp has enabled bi-directional connectivity with all of the SureScripts pharmacies throughout the United States. This functionality enables PocketScript prescribers to receive renewal requests electronically and send refill authorizations and new prescriptions directly to the pharmacist's computers at any SureScripts enabled pharmacy."
"The eRx Collaborative results from our year-end announcement show that e-prescribing's ability to detect potentially hazardous drug interactions is a critical asset in the medical community's mission to reduce medical errors," said Peter Goldbach, MD, Medical Director in the Division of Medical Innovation & Leadership at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. "In 2005 more than 4000 potentially harmful prescriptions were cancelled each month as a result of drug messaging through e-prescribing and it is our expectation that the ability to access more comprehensive drug data will add power to that system."
"SureScripts and ZixCorp will work with HIPAA experts and privacy advocates to define the requirements for a solid certification process that ensures the security, confidentiality, privacy and, most importantly, the authentication of end users," said Kevin Hutchinson, president and chief executive officer of SureScripts. "We are proud to work closely with ZixCorp to create a secure environment for patient data."
PocketScript enables physicians to write and transmit electronic prescriptions directly to pharmacies through either a wireless handheld PDA or a secure Web site. The application includes real-time eligibility and formulary information. In addition to patient medication history, provided today by PBMs, it includes access to a drug reference guide and drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy information.
SureScripts, the largest network provider of electronic prescribing services, is committed to building relationships within the healthcare community and working collaboratively with key industry stakeholders and organizations to improve the safety, efficiency and quality of healthcare by improving the overall prescribing process. At the core of this improvement effort is SureScripts network, a health care infrastructure which establishes electronic communications between pharmacists and physicians and enables the two-way electronic exchange of prescription information. Today, 90 percent of all pharmacies in the United States are certified on the SureScripts network. More information about SureScripts is available at http://www.surescripts.com.
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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