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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2006--Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) (Nasdaq:ZIXI), the leader in hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing, today announced that L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation's largest public health plan and one of California's largest health plans, will begin a pilot e-prescribing program to an initial 50 physicians.
A study conducted by L.A. Care Health Plan in 2004 showed that on an average day, a Los Angeles County safety net physician writes 31.4 prescriptions, spends approximately 57 minutes looking up drugs and formularies, and receives 2.5 pharmacy calls. The study also determined that 60 percent of providers identify health plan formularies as a moderate-to-major problem.
"Streamlining the prescription process through e-prescribing should not only solve multiple formulary problems, it will also make it easier for providers to prescribe in a more accurate, safe, and efficient manner," said Philip Banks, Director of Pharmacy and Formulary for L.A. Care. "Physicians are becoming comfortable with this type of technology. Our study showed 40 percent of our providers already own a PDA, and we're excited to offer an easy-to-use solution to help them save time and improve patient care."
The exclusive PocketScript pilot will enable participating L.A. Care physicians, through a wireless handheld PDA, to write prescriptions and then send them immediately and electronically to pharmacies improving patient convenience. Prescriptions can also be written and managed through a ZixCorp secure Web site using a common browser. During the prescribing process, in real time, the application provides formulary information, a drug reference guide, drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy checking, and patient-specific drug-dispensed lists.
"L.A. Care fully understands the rising costs of healthcare, the complexity of the pharmaceutical industry, and the increased risk of medical errors. That's why the plan is committed to PocketScript and the success of this initial phase of its e-prescribing program. We are excited about this new initiative because of L.A. Care's significant presence in this very large and strategic part of the country," said Rick Spurr, chief executive officer for ZixCorp.
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is a local public agency and health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of programs including Medi-Cal, Health Families, and Healthy Kids. With nearly 800,000 enrolled members, L.A. Care is one of the largest health plans in California and is the nation's largest public health plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative coalitions and partnerships designed to support public health, the safety net, and health insurance coverage for vulnerable populations. For more information, visit www.lacare.org.
About Zix Corporation
Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) provides easy-to-use-and-deploy email encryption and e-prescribing services that protect, manage, and deliver sensitive information to the healthcare, finance, insurance, and government industries. ZixCorp's email encryption services enable policy-driven email security, content filtering, and send-to-anyone capability. Its e-prescribing service provides point-of-care access and transmission of patient and payor data that improves patient care, reduces costs, and improves efficiency. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.
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